Derriford Hospital's emergency department ranked best in the country, according to latest figures
Derriford Hospital’s accident and emergency department was named the best in the country among non-Foundation Trusts, according to latest figures.
Data submitted to the Trust Development Authority (TDA) showed, 98.6 per cent of patients attending the emergency department in Plymouth were seen within the national four hour target during the week of January 13 to January 19.
This makes the hospital the best in the country – for the second time over the winter period, according to the TDA.
Chief operating officer for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Kevin Baber, said: “This is great news for patients attending our emergency department and is a true reflection of the hard work and efforts of our staff, not only those working in the department but also the rest of the hospital.
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“We are not complacent and we recognise we are still in the winter period.
“However, we did a lot of planning in the lead-up to winter to make sure we were as prepared as we could be, including opening a short stay ward, which provides targeted care for medical patients requiring a stay in hospital of less than 72 hours.
“Our staff have worked hard to embed the Plan for Every Patient, a tool used between in-hospital professionals and external agencies to aid communication and ensure we give the right care at the right time to patients.”
In addition, Derriford Hospital was named the second best in the country last week on the BBC’s winter tracker for its A and E service.
The tracker looks at 140 of the major A and E departments across the country, including Foundation and non-Foundation Trusts.
Stephen Dunn, director at the NHS Trust Development Authority, said: “This performance stands as a testament to the hard work that Plymouth have and continue to put into making sure that patients are being seen as quickly as possible in A and E.
“There is still a lot of winter to get through and that isn’t going to be easy, but Plymouth and others continue to show what can be achieved if everyone in the NHS pulls together to try and tackle these challenges.”