Figures published on Thursday 11 April showed that thanks to the hard work of frontline staff, and despite significant increases in demand for services; nationally hundreds of thousands more people have been seen within four hours in A&E and ambulance services responded to the most urgent calls faster and with fewer handover delays.
More people also received the support they needed to avoid a long stay in hospital and hospitals undertook over three million planned operations and treatments, without the need for national cancellation of routine care.
Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield CCG and local GP, said: “During the winter months, over 6,000 people contacted the GP evening and weekend appointments service and over 20,000 people attended both the Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre and King Street Walk In Centre in Wakefield. Over 51,000 people attended the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals emergency departments also.
“These numbers are quite staggering and show the huge demand for health services over the winter months, both in GP and hospital settings, across the district.
“It’s a credit to your local NHS staff who worked exceptionally hard to provide high quality of care for people across the Wakefield district.
“We would also like to thank local people who used health services appropriately this winter and listened to our “choose well” messages – thank you for supporting your NHS.
“It’s still really important that local people continue to make the right choices and access the most appropriate service when they are unwell. We have lots of services available in Wakefield for those who need medical support for non-life-threatening conditions.
“If you are confused as to which service is best for you, you can always ring NHS 111 or your GP practice number, even when your practice is closed.”
Pauline Philip, National Director of Emergency and Elective Care for NHS England and NHS Improvement said: “Throughout the NHS, staff have worked tirelessly to deliver the improvements we’ve seen for patients this winter, putting in place new and improved services, delivering a record number of flu jabs and providing care directly to a record number of people.
“Millions of people in England who have benefited from NHS care and advice this last few months will therefore want to join me in paying thanks to all health service staff for their exceptional efforts.”
Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, said: “The country rightly owes our NHS staff enormous gratitude for these undoubted improvements in care over this past winter, while at the same time recognising the intense and continuing pressure under which frontline NHS services continue to have to operate.”
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