Health Minister Rosie Winterton has praised staff at a hospital trust for consistently meeting emergency targets.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - which includes Birmingham's City Hospital - is to receive an extra £100,000 to help develop services across its four sites.
Ms Winterton spoke as the trust revealed it managed to see 97 per cent of A&E patients within the target time of four hours.
She said: "I'm delighted to reward this hard work and improved performance with £100,000 capital to further improve services and facilities.
"Performance for last September to December shows how far A&E services have come."
The trust achieved its results between October and December 2004 through various initiatives.
At City Hospital, the Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust has introduced a GP service which sees patients with minor injuries between 9am and 10pm every day.
Also, a new surgical assessment unit opened last December which aims to reduce waiting times by taking direct referrals from GPs, rather than patients reporting to A&E first.
Sandwell General has benefited from additional funding from the local PCTs to increase the capacity of its A&E department.
John Adler, the chief executive, said: "Thanks must go to our dedicated staff across the whole trust who have worked extremely hard to ensure we met the Government target at what is traditionally a very busy time for us."