Hospital waiting times - thousands wait to be seen at Derry A&E

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Almost 5000 patients have waited more than four hours at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital’s casualty department in the last three months.

New Department of health figures released this morning show that between April and June a total of 14570 people presented to the A&E department in Derry - with more than 4660 having to wait more than four hours to be seen.

Department of Health targets dictate that 95% of all patients will be treated, admitted or discharged patients within a strict four hour time frame - and that no patient will wait longer than 12 hours in casualty departments.

In April 67% of patients were seen within the four hour time frame, in May the figure was 66% while in June 72% of patients were seen within four hours.

Over the three month period six patients waited over 12 hours.