The hospital trust responsible for Northwick Park has recently been rated the best performing A&E in the country for its four hour performance target.
It is the first time A&E has topped the national performance table for four hour waits for adults and children.
Dr Jon Baker, Divisional Clinical Director for Emergency and Ambulatory Care, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement considering what we have been through in the past 12 months.”
“It’s a genuine team effort from everyone involved in the emergency pathway from the site team to all our allied health care professionals, operational management team and porters and of course our acute medical, emergency department and ward teams.
“We just seem to be getting better and better, despite the circumstances.”
The department was at the forefront of the pandemic when Northwick Park was the first and hardest hit trust in the country during the first wave and had to call a critical incident when it came close to running out of intensive care beds.
A&E subsequently divided itself into two separate departments on each site: one area treating patients with respiratory conditions, the other treating non-covid conditions.
Jon added: “The advantage of having such a busy A&E is that we were able to adapt and flex to the changing needs of our patients through the pandemic.
The trust has recently been rated the best performing A&E in the country for its four hour performance target. It is the first time A&E has topped the national performance table for adults and children. Fantastic news thanks to a huge team effort. pic.twitter.com/YC0edawi9J
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“They are a modest bunch but this is well deserved. Our A&E, ward teams and operational management team pulling the strings behind the scenes are a credit to the profession.”