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North Cumbria’s hospitals improve national ranking for A&E performance

CIC and WCH merged[L]atest national A&E benchmarking data published by NHS England shows that North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has been performing above the national average.

The data for March 2016 ranks the Trust that runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, as 63rd out of 138 Trusts with a major A&E department in England.

The Trust’s overall performance was 82.4% against the 95% standard (patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours), whilst the national average was 80.9%.

The data demonstrates continuous improvement for North Cumbria, having been rated as 96th in January and 80th in February in the same national report – a leap of 33 places in just three months.

The two A&E departments in Carlisle and Whitehaven saw 7,807 attendances in March 2016 which is an increase when compared to January attendances. Compared to the Trust’s ‘peer group’ of 14 Trusts, North Cumbria are ranked 5th which is also an improvement from 8th in February.

Stephen Eames, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The latest national data is extremely encouraging news and is a real testament to the continued hard work our staff put in day in, day out in order to improve our performance.

“I think the data is also a clear reflection of the challenges all Trusts are facing up and down the country and we are not alone in the pressures we face.

“The most important message to take from this is remembering that behind these figures are our patients and local communities who both need and deserve excellent care. I am delighted to be able to share the news today that our continued focus on improvement is resulting in real progress.”

For more information, visit NHS England’s website at

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