Sheffield Children’s Hospital survives winter crisis to have third best A&E department in England

An NHS report released today revealed that Sheffield Children’s Hospital has one of the best A&E departments in the country, with 97% of patients over the last three months being seen within four hours.

This makes it the third best performing A&E department, just behind hospitals in Luton and Dorset.

The A&E department at Northern General in Sheffield only saw 84% of patients within that time, falling well short of the 95% target.

This comes at a time of “record level of emergency demand” after the NHS has experienced “one of the toughest winters on record”, according to the report.

10 patients in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust also failed to be referred for treatment within 52 weeks.

John Somers, chief executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “This result comes as part of our continued efforts to provide the best quality care for children and young people in South Yorkshire.

“By working here at Sheffield Children’s and in partnership with other providers and GPs to provide training on common childhood conditions, we hope to make sure every child in our region and beyond gets the right care at the right time.”

The report suggests that the NHS is struggling across the whole of England – reporting a total deficit of nearly £900m.

Record numbers of patients visited A&E on the 5th and 27th of December and the NHS had to open 2,600 emergency beds per day to cope with increasing demand.

The report assesses 238 trusts, 135 of these were in deficit three quarters of the way through the financial year.

Not one Trust in the whole of England met targets for ambulance waiting times.

Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, said: “NHS providers are treating more patients than ever before, which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of their staff. But times are extremely challenging, and things are unlikely to get any easier in the short term.”