Emergency and urgent care services at the Luton and Dunstable hospital are officially the top performer for treating people within four hours in the country.
During 2015/16 more than 98% of patients attending the Emergency Department (ED)completed their care within four hours, against a national target of 95%.
This has been achieved at a time when the hospital has experienced its highest number of attendances ever, with the ED now seeing more than 300 people a day.
David Kirby, Operational Medical Director, said: “This official recognition of the hospital’s performance shows the dedication of every single member of staff - from those who receive the critically unwell in ED, right through to those who discharge patients from the wards back into the community.
“We are proud of the contribution made by every one of our 4,000 staff and thank them for this fantastic achievement.
“This comes at an exciting time for the Trust as we have recently secured planning permission for our Helipad. This is another step towards the site’s redevelopment and will see critically unwell patients receiving the life saving treatment they need, faster.”