Health bosses have voiced their disappointment after the trust running Peterborough City Hospital was branded the nation’s 10th worst performer.
The Bretton-based hospital found itself among the worst performers for failing to meet the Government’s target that 95 per cent of emergency patients should be seen within four hours.
The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could only manage to see 83 per cent within four hours during the last quarter of last year.
A hospital spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed but we are doing all we can while under extreme pressures.”
The news came as the hospital declared an “internal major incident” as medical staff struggled to cope with soaring patient numbers.
The 611-bed hospital was left without any vacant beds yet on Tuesday had 19 patients in its Emergency Department who need medical care that only the hospital can provide.
On Wednesday (7 January), it had 13 patients in the Emergency Department who needed hospital beds.
A spokeswoman said: “On Tuesday we had 40 patients in hospital beds who were medically fit but who need other care in the community but we do not have anywhere to send them.
“We had 38 in the same position yesterday.
“By declaring a major incident we are appealing for help from our health partners in the community, such as Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust, Peterborough City Council, local GPs and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.”
She said that while the search for beds went on space would be created in other areas of the hospital to ensure patients were not left on trolleys in corridors.
Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: “We need better co-ordination between the health agencies in Peterborough to free up capacity and resources.
“This issue is not about funding.
He said: “The Government has put an extra £13 billion into hte NHS over the course of the last parliment.”
Peterborough needs more medical staff
The leader of Peterborough City Council has declared that health groups are doing all they can to resolve the hospital’s crisis.
Councillor Marco Cereste said: “We are getting people out of hospital as fast as we can.
“There are enough places in the community in Peterborough but many patients at the hospital come from outside the area.
“We lack enough doctors and nurses.”
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