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North Cumbria’s A&E departments are consistently above average

[N]orth Cumbria’s hospitals have performed above the national average for emergency care for the 16th month in a row and the Trust is currently ranked 45th out of 138 Trusts in England for Accident & Emergency performance.

The national standard is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours. The national average for all trusts in May was 84.6% and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust’s overall performance was 89.8%, well above the average.

The Trust’s two A&E departments in Carlisle and Whitehaven saw 7,696 attendances in May 2017 which is over 10 people every hour.

Stephen Eames, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The Trust is consistently performing above the country’s average in its A&E departments and this is a real testament to the continued hard work our staff put in day in, day out in order to provide patients with timely access to care.

“The most important message to take from this is remembering that behind these figures are our patients and local communities who both need and deserve excellent care. I am delighted to be able to share the news today that our continued focus on improvement is resulting in real progress and we will keep striving towards hitting the 95% standard.”

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