Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
A&E target problems for Ashford and St Peter’s in Q1
PERFORMANCE: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust breached the four-hour target for accident and emergency waits more often than it met it during the first quarter of 2012-13, according to board papers.
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NHS Surrey has published data on the performance of the county’s acute trusts against the 95 per cent target for A&E patients dealt with inside four hours, from the start of April to the end of June.
Ashford and St Peter’s was the joint worst performer – along with Royal Surrey County – of the county’s four main acutes, missing the target in seven weeks out of 13.
The trust missed the target on three weeks out of five in April, achieving an average of 91.20 per cent.
It subsequently also failed to meet the target over four consecutive weeks across May and June.
These were the week beginning 21 May, when it achieved 91.67 per cent, and that beginning 28 May, when it achieved 93.36 per cent.
It missed the target again in the week starting 4 June, when it achieved 93.13 per cent, and in the week starting 11 June, when it achieved 93.89 per cent.
An NHS Surrey performance report stated: “Quality performance issues remain of concern across the main trusts; most significantly acute provider attainment of the four-hour A&E wait, which three of Surrey’s Providers were unable to meet during April 2012.
“Contract queries were issued to Ashford St Peters and Royal Surrey County in April, although the Ashford St Peters notice has since been revoked following improved performance in the beginning of May.”
However, the report added: “It should be noted that these figures are derived from published Department of Health data via the UNIFY system and that at the time of writing some providers are seeking to have their data for previous months amended following the identification of issues in the information supplied.
“In overall terms however there is cause for concern about the levels of attendances and the volatility of A&E performance.”
NHS Surrey board papers (attached, right)
20 July 2012