Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust A&Es in ‘Christmas of crisis’ as 1,067 patients wait longer than 4 hours


  • 17,000 A&E patients across London wait more than 4 hours
  • 15 of 19 Trusts miss the target to see 95% of patients within 4 hour target

New NHS A&E waiting time figures have revealed that 1,067 A&E patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust A&Es this Christmas. In the week before and week of Christmas 1,067 patients missed the 4 hour target. That meant that across the two weeks 25 per cent of patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours.

Labour London Wide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM said A&Es services across London had seen a “Christmas of crisis” and called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the situation. Across the capital only 4 of the 19 NHS Trusts with A&E departments managed to meet the Government target to see 95% of patients within 4 hours, with 17,000 patients waiting longer than the 4 hour target.

The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust includes the A&E unit at St Mary’s Hospital serving residents in Westminster.

Responding to the new Christmas A&E waiting time figures, London Assembly Labour Member Murad Qureshi AM said:

“With 1,067 patients waiting longer than 4 hours its clear Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust A&E services have faced a Christmas of crisis as a result of the strain they are operating under. Whilst Boris and colleagues in Parliament are sitting idly by demand for A&E services is rocketing. We must of course urge patients only to resort to A&E in genuine emergencies, but with GP surgeries also being stretched it is clear we need action rather than more empty words from the Government.

“With A&E departments like St Mary’s rapidly approaching breaking point, it is lunacy that the Government is set to close more A&Es this year. Last year’s closures have resulted in 17,000 patients in London waiting longer than 4 hours over Christmas.

“Patients in Westminster are paying for years of costly reorganisation and health service closures. The Government must change course before the NHS crisis we are experiencing in Westminster becomes permanent fixture.”


Patients who have had to wait longer than 4hours ( two weeks week ending 28/12/2014)    
Hospitals Trust No of Patients who waited longer than 4 hours Percentage of patients waiting more than 4 hours
Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust 2,041 25.15%
Barts Health NHS Trust 2,501 21.70%
Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 129 2.85%
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust 391 14.00%
Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust 501 8.85%
Guy’s And St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 359 7.05%
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 169 3.80%
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 1,067 25.25%
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1,682 21.25%
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 291 7.70%
Lewisham And Greenwich NHS Trust 1,502 18.80%
London North West Hospitals NHS Trust 2,096 41.20%
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 837 11.45%
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 797 9.40%
St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust 1,059 19.45%
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 585 25.90%
The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust 175 5.25%
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 247 5.15%
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 550 17.90%

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