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London A&E departments have never been busier as waiting lists pile up

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West London’s A&E departments have never been busier as a record-breaking number of people have come in for emergency treatment.

The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust saw 29,951 patients use A&E services while London North West Healthcare NHS Trust had 29,646 visitors in September.

In total 455,766 went to A&E in London in September with the number of people waiting to see a consultant in the city also hitting a record high with 1,294 people waiting more than two years to see a specialist.

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Waiting lists have hit their highest levels in 14 years at a number of London hospitals including Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Once admitted to hospital it can still be a long time until Londoners receive a ward bed.

In September 17,499 people waited more than four hours for a ward bed in the capital while 973 people waited over 12 hours just to get a bed.

The increased number of hospital admissions is a grave concern to health chiefs.

In January ambulances were forced to queue outside London hospitals as A&E departments became overrun.

Queues of up to 20 ambulances were spotted across the country and patients were forced to wait up to 11 hours for treatment.

Nationally 2.1 million visits to A&E last month – the busiest September on record.

Responding to the latest performance figures for the NHS in England, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “These figures once again demonstrate just how extremely hot the health service is running, and the intense pressure it continues to face as it heads into a very challenging winter.

“Rather than stumbling into crisis the government needs to recognise the inevitability of severe winter pressures and to explore how we can mobilise a national effort to support the health and care system through the coming months.

“The NHS will continue to do everything it can for its patients, but stretching the service so thinly is a dangerous game.”

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