Sheilah Finnegan, Chief Operating Officer, said: “I would like to clarify Cllr
Tony Dawson’s statement that ‘Southport hospital was marginally the worst
performer in the region’ in relation to ambulance turnaround times.
“The figures presented to Sefton council overview and scrutiny committee on
5 March related to four acute trusts in Merseyside, not the North West of
“North West Ambulance Service recorded the following average turnround
figures at Accident and Emergency departments between January 2012 and
February 2013: Southport and Ormskirk (33.5 minutes), Aintree (30.01
minutes), the Royal Liverpool (28.3 minutes) and Alder Hey (23.33 minutes).
“Clearly, there is room for us to improve our performance but these figures
need to be seen in the context of recent unprecedented demand for A&E
services at the Trust.
“For example, in December, there was a 35% increase in ambulance
attendances at our A&E department in Southport. During the Christmas and
New Year weeks alone, 248 more patients than expected were brought in by
ambulance to A&E of whom 99 were admitted. This inevitably affected some
ambulance turnaround times.
“The Trust is working with the ambulance service to better understand the
scale of the activity we face, especially in respect of where ambulances are
sent during busy periods.
“We are also establishing a project team to improve handovers between A&E
and ambulance staff, and will be involving the ambulance service.
“For the time-being they have agreed to fund a short-term post to support the