South Yorkshire hospital waits under fire

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PATIENTS have been kept waiting in ambulances in Yorkshire for almost four hours as hospital A&E departments struggle to cope with winter pressures.

Yorkshire Ambulance Trust reported one of the longest waits in the country – three hours and 48 minutes – by a patient waiting in an ambulance outside a hospital.

East Midlands Ambulance Trust’s longest wait was two hours and 53 minutes.

No such incidents have happened in Sheffield.

Prof Hilary Chapman, chief nurse and chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We do not keep emergency patients waiting in ambulances for hours.

“Our system is that when an ambulance arrives at the emergency department, the patient is brought straight into A&E where they are assessed to determine what care they need.”