James Paget concerns after record high A&E attendance in July

Christine Allen, chief executive of James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, and board chairman

Christine Allen, chief executive of James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, and board chairman David Wright. - Credit: Archant

Concerns have been raised at the James Paget University Hospital after record high A&E attendance figures.

Between July 1 and July 29, the hospital saw 7,062 people attend the department.

This is the highest figure in the hospital's history and is nearly 600 up on the previous high in May this year.

July's performance figures also saw a 13.29pc increase in ambulance arrivals from the same time last year.

The figures were revealed at the hospital's board meeting yesterday.

David Wright,chairman of the board of directors said: 'We need to focus on what's happening. A&E attendances are at a record high, ambulance arrivals are steadily increasing as well as emergency admissions.

'All of which I think are unsustainable unless drastic action is taken which requires investment.

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'Partnership working is crucial to us being able to manage this cost effectively. We need to take action now before the winter season.'

Chief executive Christine Allen said: 'The figures are way over what was planned.

'We are looking to speed up some of the things we have in train such as expanding the A&E department as we simply have not got any more physical space, and to screen out patients where appropriate to out-of- hours [treatment] more quickly.

'We are doing everything we can to resolve this.'

Hospital bosses are evaluating how the closure of the Greyfriars walk-in centre will affect them in the future. The JPH is to also undergoing a Care Quality Commission re-inspection later this month. The inspection will take place over the dates of August 16-17.

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