A&E departments at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust meeting targets

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Accident and emergency departments at the district’s hospitals have been among the best performing in the country for two-and-a-half years, latest figures show.

The A&E units at Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals have met their targets to see and treat 95 per cent of patients within four hours since March 2012.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said it had consistently met the target for 10 quarters, despite having the fifth busiest emergency units in the country.

Measures including more senior doctors and seven-day working in parts of A&E had boosted performance.

Dr Sarah Robertshaw, lead emergency medicine consultant, said: “This is fantastic news and the result of a genuine team effort right across the service.

“Changes to the way we’ve delivered the emergency care service has brought major improvements in recent months.”

NHS rules say hospital should see, assess and either discharge or admit 95 per cent of A&E patients within four hours.

Mid Yorkshire director of operations Neil Clark added: “The trust has made significant improvements to achieve these great results over recent months and continues to further improve the patient journey from admission to discharge to enable bed availability for next emergency admission.”