Royal London Hospital

Department of Health written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel is meeting the four-hour A&E waiting times target.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are advised that the accident and emergency department at the Royal London Hospital site experienced a 6.6% increase in attendances during August-December 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

A total of £12.6 million was allocated to the local health system to support the trust, as part of a record overall package of £700 million in Government support.

A number of initiatives have been put in place, including at the Royal London site, to recover performance, including:

- early opening of escalation beds;

- processes for increasing weekend discharges;

- admission avoidance schemes;

- increased clinical support; and

- improved processes to enable medically fit patients to leave the hospital.

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