THE time it takes for paramedics to hand patients over to hospital staff has been rising again.

More than 12 per cent of patients waited for more than an hour before ambulance staff were able to complete the handover in December.

This is up from around eight per cent in the previous two months when the figures rose above four per cent for the first time since March 2018.

This comes months after a multi-million-pound transformation of Royal Bolton Hospital's A&E was hailed as a success for the busiest emergency department in Greater Manchester.

Chief operating officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Andy Ennis, said that the results were lower for 18 months before rising over the last four months.

He said: “We are seeing a large amount of ambulances arriving at our site. North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester are working in the next few months to come up with a new scheme to improve that flow."