LAST month’s icy snap has hit hospital waiting time targets in Huddersfield.
Figures compiled for December, which were presented to the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust board of directors, show that the four-hour accident and emergency waiting time target was not achieved.
Across the country departments are asked to make sure 95% of patients are seen within the four hour target, which is measured by the care quality commission and Monitor.
In December the local trust achieved 93%.
Lesley Hill, director of service development at the trust said the month had been one of its busiest, coinciding not just with the coldest spell in 30 years, but with the four-day bank holiday.
She said: “We had a very busy December. One day was the busiest we’ve had and this kind of bank holiday always creates a lot of business for us.
“We are working with the PCT and GP Out Of Hours service to make sure we get on top of the A&E target and ensure that only those who need to come to A&E do so.
“There are some patients who would be better off being dealt with by primary care.
“Bank holidays are always a challenge. We did deliver the 95% target in the third quarter.”
The trust is still on target for five or less MRSA incidents, but with four in its year to date Ms Hill said it was “still tight”.