Figures released this week show that Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs Darent Valley Hospital, is coping very well with the pressures of winter.
In fact during one of the toughest weeks for healthcare in mid-December, the Accident and Emergency department at DVH was the top performing A & E department in England, exceeding the Government’s targets, with 97.7% of patients being seen in under four hours.
In the last three months of 2014, DVH’s A & E department has been by far the top performer in Kent, the 4th best performer in the south east and the 17th best in England. The A& E Department is currently expanding to deal with extra demand and the car parking facilities are also being increased.
This is great news for the people who use the hospital trust and its services and I am proud we have such a good hospital in our town.
The success of our hospital is down to the tireless work its staff, from the frontline doctors and nurses to the many people who are employed to ensure patients’ experiences are positive. Since I was elected, five years ago, the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives has grown at DVH, whilst the number of hospital managers has remained the same.
I have visited the hospital on numerous occasions during the past year and it is always a pleasure to meet the caring and dedicated staff and these figures are a testament to their hard work.
There remains many challenges for the hospital over the coming weeks but I congratulate everyone involved in making DVH one of the top hospitals in England.