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Hospitals insist they can cope with this year's winter influx

Hospitals insist they can cope with this year's winter influx Photo: ITV News

Health managers in the west have insisted they can cope this winter after last year's unprecedented demand.

Many hospitals failed to achieve their A & E target time of seeing 95 percent of patients within 4 hours. This year they say they're better prepared.

Last year we saw all of our hospitals pushed to the limit.

Cheltenham General and the Gloucestershire Royal ran out of beds and the A&E Unit was failing cope with the New Year surge in patient numbers.

And in Yeovil the District hospital was on black alert for nearly two weeks after being overwhelmed by demand.

Health managers held crisis meetings to explore ways of discharging patients more quickly.

The target for dealing with patients within a four hour limit

But, many of the region's Accident and Emergency departments fell below government targets for dealing with patients.

Here are the figures for last January:

Royal United Hospital in Bath
North Bristol NHS Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust

Health managers say a number of changes have been made which puts them in a much stronger position.

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