A ‘RECORD-BREAKING’ 10,377 patients were treated in A&E at Southport hospital over the summer.
Staff saw seven patients each hour of every day in July and August on average, which is a 4% increase on the year before.
The children’s A&E team at Ormskirk hospital are also treating record numbers of under 16s with an 8% year-on-year rise already clocked up for September.
Despite the pressure, the teams at both hospitals combined to treat, transfer or admit to hospital 87.9% of all patients within the four-hour NHS national standard, claim hospital bosses. That maintained the trust’s continuing “impressive” performance, ranking it eighth out of 21 acute hospitals in the North West.
Steve Christian, chief operating officer at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Like hospitals across the country, we see no sign of the situation easing.
“So, staff have my utmost admiration for rising to the challenge, continuing to give timely, quality care, and making our hospitals among the best in the region.
“We’ve achieved these results by improving our own systems and working with local partners in the NHS and social care to ensure patients are discharged as soon as they’re well enough.
“This prevents new patients backing up in A&E as well as being better for the health and well-being of those going home.”
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust said the wider community was also benefiting thanks to quicker ambulance turnarounds in A&E, allowing crews to get back on the road faster to their next patient.
In addition to these achievements, the trust added it continued to be one of the “best-performing nationally” for treating patients needing planned care like a hip or knee replacement within the national 18-week standard.
Mr Christian said the trust was preparing for the winter with the appointment of two more staff A&E consultants – making seven in total and the “highest number ever”.
He commented: “But we will need the continued dedication and professionalism of our staff and the support of our local community to come safely through the months ahead.
“We particularly need help from families in helping prepare patients to go home when they’ve completed their medical care.”