DOZENS of ambulance patients faced ‘significant delays’ when being handed over to A and E at Barnsley Hospital in the latest seven-day period, new figures have revealed.

NHS England figures show 45 patients waited between 30 and 60 minutes in an ambulance when they arrived at the Gawber Road site in the week to December 3.

This meant 12 per cent of 378 patients experienced delays - a decrease from 15 per cent during the same period in 2022.

The figures cover patients for whom the handover time was known.

Meanwhile, five other people were forced to wait for more than an hour, and 110 handovers took between 15 and 30 minutes.

The NHS states trusts should complete 95 per cent of all ambulance handovers in 30 minutes and all should be conducted in less than one hour.