The number of people who waited more than 12 hours to be seen at Accident and Emergency (A&E) services at Nobles Hospital has increased by more than ten times from 2017 to 2021, rising from just 51 people waiting 12+ hours in 2017, to 595 people waiting 12+ hours in 2021. The figures were released by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) in Tynwald, in response to a written question by John Wannenburgh, a Member of the House of Keys for Douglas North.
The figures released by the DHSC reveal that the number of people seeking treatment at A&E increased from 28,451 people in 2017, to 32,891 in 2019, before falling during the two pandemic and lockdown-affected years of 2020 and 2021.
During the 2017-2021 time period, the percentage of people being seen at A&E within 4 hours fell from three-quarters in 2017, to only two-thirds in 2022.
These waiting times includes triage, waiting time, assessment and treatment in Nobles Emergency Department, and does not include the Minor Injuries Unit at Ramsey Cottage Hospital.