Ipswich: A&E team at Ipswich Hospital face their busiest month ever

Ipswich Hospital's emergency department

Ipswich Hospital's emergency department - Credit: Archant

Staff at Ipswich Hospital’s A&E department have faced their busiest ever month, since records began.

The emergency department saw an influx of patients in July, new figures are expected to reveal when they are published later this month.

At last month’s board meeting chief executive Nick Hulme revealed the hospital had seen more patients at the Garrett Anderson centre than in any other month.

Jan Ingle, hospital spokeswoman, said the team working in A&E are performing “very well” despite the immense pressure they are under.

She said: “We are waiting for the statistics but all the indications are that July was our busiest month ever in the emergency department – since records and collecting the data began.

“The figures look at attendances at the A&E department.

“The latest data shows the emergency department are doing a fantastic job in not only continuing to achieve national access standards but also in improving turnaround times for ambulances.

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“We have done that by looking at how we can do things better in the hospital and how we can all work together better.

“By all I mean the ambulance service, doctors and nurses, staff in the department, primary care teams, the clinical commissioning groups and the wider healthcare system.”

On Wednesday the Government announced struggling A&E departments are to be given a £500million bailout to help relieve pressure in the coming months.

The cash, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, will be spread over the next two years to prepare the service for tough winter months.

The bailout will include £15million for the troubled 111 phone service, which has come under intense pressure elsewhere in the UK resulting in more people visiting A&E in some parts. Figures show nationally more than one million more people attend A&E than three years ago.

Mrs Ingle said the hospital won’t know until at least the end of the month if they will receive any of the £500million.