22 August 2019
Emergency care statistics released today by the Welsh Government reveals declining performance in Emergency Departments across Wales.
Data for July 2019 shows that 71.5% of patients were seen within the four-hour target in major departments. This is a decrease from June 2019 of 0.5 percentage points and a decrease of 5.1 percentage points when compared to July 2018.
The number of patients waiting 12 hours or more in an emergency care facility was 4,901. This is an increase of 867 patients when compared to June 2019 and an increase of 1,153 patients when compared to July 2018.
Dr Jo Mower, Vice President of RCEM Wales said: “This summer Emergency Departments across Wales have not experienced any respite from increasing attendances or a reduction in admissions as in previous years. It is essential to maximise the potential of same day emergency care across Wales by offering our patients real alternatives to attending their local Emergency Departments. At the same time, we need to improve timely discharge of those patients who are medically fit and are ready to go home safely.”