A national Accident and Emergency (A&E) survey published by the Care Quality Commission this week shows that across the country 8 out of 10 respondents rate their overall experience of hospital emergency services as good with only 3 per cent of patients saying the doctor or nurse who treated them did not listen to what they had to say.

Sadly our nearest A&E Hospital – The North Middlesex along the North Circular at Edmonton – is rated fourth worst in the country. Respondents rated the “North Mid” worse than average for “waiting time”, “care and treatment”, “hospital environment and facilities”, as well as the “leaving” category.This follows a CQC report last summer which reported that the hospital overall requires improvement.

Amongst other neighbouring A&E units Barnet Hospital, (which has incorporated Chase Farm Hospital A&E), was rated eighth worst in the survey.

The national findings are presented under the questions inspectors ask about A&E departments: are they safe, caring, effective and responsive to people's needs. The survey does not ask questions about whether hospitals are 'well-led'. They reflect solely on the survey findings of the experiences of patients. And of course these findings do not mean that any individual will get a poorer medical attention at the North Middlesex - or that clinical outcomes are worse here than anywhere else.

When it comes down to it, emergency treatment offered by dedicated A&E staff is not something people pick and choose as a consumer choice – so it is vital that the hospital managers and those in charge of the NHS Trust take care to ensure that the provision in the A&E department of the North Middlesex and that of the hospital more generally be improved to reach a standard closer to the national average.

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Saddened but not surprised. Despite millions being spent on refurbishment, incompetency continues to reign supreme.

The national CQC survey can be seen here

Irena Rybinska may be "saddened but not suprised" but this is the "opinion of patients" based on the following eligibility at the beginning of 2014. 

Eligibility and participation

  • Participants: almost 40,000
  • Response rate: 34 per cent
  • Age range: 16 years and older
  • Time period: January, February or March 2014
  • Eligibility: patients who attended a major A&E department
  • Exclusions: patients that attended a minor injuries unit or walk-in centre, those who visited A&E to obtain contraception or who suffered a miscarriage or another form of abortive pregnancy, and patients with a concealed pregnancy.

As can be seen the time period for the CQC National report report is January, February or March 2014. Before jumping to conclusions please read the later CQC report conducted as part of the application to be a Foundation Trust conducted in June 2014 and published on 21st August 2014, click here.

in response to the CQC report dated 21st August 2014 , the NMUH NHS Trust published a response, click here

See also the HealthwatchEnfield weekly A&E report for Barnet, Royal Free and NMUH published on 8th December, click here

The NMUH NHS Trust Board meets bi monthly, the agenda for the meeting held on 27th November is available here. the next Board meeting will be in January 2015 and is open to the Public

The Agenda for the Enfield CCG Board meeting provided at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is HaringeyCCG click here

Following on from the stream below, the Evening Standard published a story on 12th December headed "London has three of 10 worst trusts for A & E Delays, for source story see here. The three hospitals identified were

Queens Hospital, Romford  =76%

Northwick Park and Ealing = 67.3%

Charing Cross and St Mary's = 75.7%

In comparison:

North Middlesex = 89.1%

Royal Free (incl Barnet) = 94.7%

St Georges Healthcare = 90%

Full national data is available in the Excel file attached

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