Skip to content

When was the 4 hour waiting time introduced in the NHS?

When was the 4 hour waiting time introduced in the NHS?

The accident and emergency (A&E) ‘four-hour’ waiting time standard was first announced nearly twenty years ago in the NHS Plan (Department of Health 2000). Over the past two decades it has arguably been the highest profile NHS target and a barometer for the performance of the health service as a whole.

What’s the average waiting time in a hospital?

Figure 2 shows four – thankfully fictional – scenarios that are varied in their dysfunction but still share something in common: in each of these departments the average waiting time is 173 minutes.

Why is the four hour waiting time important?

The four-hour mark is important because it is, pardon the expression, a backstop. It can create a sense of urgency that helps to lubricate the gears in hospital when a patient needs to be admitted or transferred. And once this backstop is removed, it is unclear what will happen to waiting times.

How is waiting time measured in a & E?

First, the total time patients spend in A&E departments would still be measured, but the average (mean) waiting time would be used as the main measure rather than the percentage of patients who wait under four hours. So far, NHS England have not said what the new target for average waiting times will be.

When was a time that you were waiting for something?

There are many situations come in our life when we are waiting for some things. But I would like to talk about a situation when I was waiting for buying I-pad of my choice. So I waited till I had saved money to buy it.

Which is the correct sentence waiting here over an hour?

The first is probably more grammatically correct, but the second is probably more commonly used. Both of those sentences are fine. The second one (‘waiting here for over an hour’) is clearer, but the first version (‘waiting here over an hour’) is correct as well.

What’s the difference between’i’ve been waiting’and’i will have waited’?

We would normally say something such as “I’ve been waiting for X [amount of time],” but these phrases would also work in this instance. ‘I will have been waiting’ is in the future continuous tense. It means that the action will be happening at some moment in the future. ‘I will have waited’ is in the future perfect tense.

How is the waiting time in an emergency department determined?

The waiting time in EDs can be more or less be categorized into three components: (1) Door to doctor, (2) Doctor to disposition, and (3) Disposition to departure. The amount of waiting time from the moment the patient enters the ED to the moment they see a physician is the greatest factor that determines patient satisfaction.