More than 700 patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath endured 12 hour waits at A&E last month.
January's figures have been described as 'catastrophic' by campaigners. Figures from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust also revealed that 152 patients have been waiting over a year for an operation.
The Trust that runs both hospitals said its aim was always to treat patients 'as quickly as possible'.
Like most hospitals across the country, our Emergency Departments have been extremely busy with very high numbers of acutely unwell people, and our staff are working hard to give patients the emergency care they need and, if necessary, admit them into a hospital bed in a timely way. The increase in seriously ill and injured patients needing to be admitted into hospital is coupled with low numbers of patients who no longer need acute hospital care being discharged, and this inevitably impacts on the availability of beds within the hospital."
“Our aim is always to treat patients arriving in our Emergency Departments as quickly as possible but unfortunately when the hospital is very busy there are times when patients have to wait longer than we would like. We are making improvements across the Trust to help with the flow of patients throughout the hospital and we are working with our partners to improve the discharge of patients who no longer need an acute hospital bed. To help us continue to prioritise those patients who most need our care, we ask the public to use A&E appropriately and consider the many alternative services available if they do not require emergency treatment.”
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