MORE than 8,000 people visited Barnsley Hospital’s A and E department last month - an 11 per cent rise on April’s figures.

NHS England figures show 8,740 patients visited A and E at the Gawber Road site in May.

That was a rise of 11 per cent on the 7,904 visits recorded during April, but one per cent lower than the 8,820 patients seen in May 2022.

The figures show attendances were below the levels seen two years ago - in May 2021, there were 8,898 visits to A and E departments run by Barnsley Hospital.

Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the latest data shows an NHS that is under ‘immense strain and struggling’ during a continuous crisis.

He added: “Through the enormous efforts of staff and consideration of patients, many still receive good care.

“However, this should not be used as a smokescreen for the turmoil beneath and it is no long-term solution.”

Other figures from the hospital show that there 357 booked appointments in May, down from 416 in April.

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Just 79 per cent of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95 per cent.

Whilst 284 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit - three per cent of all arrivals.