307 patients in Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS trust have faced waits of half-an-hour of more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter . Of these, 60 faced waits of over an hour, according to Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake.

In the week to 31st December, 22 patients faced waits of over half an hour and 82 spent at least an hour waiting in ambulances outside A&E.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake commented:

“These figures show the NHS crisis in our area is worsening. Hundreds of patients are being left stuck in ambulances outside A&Es. Every ambulance stuck outside an A&E department could well be needed by another patient waiting desperately at home for help. Each day seems to bring yet more bad news about the state of the health service. “

“Despite this, I would like to thank the brilliant efforts of the fantastic staff at St Helier and despite these nationwide struggles, it is one of the best performing hospital trusts at the current time.  We are lucky to have such an excellent facility at our disposal.”