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Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

SASH breached A&E target in April

PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust breached the four-hour target for accident and emergency waits for two consecutive weeks 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.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare missed the target on the week beginning 2 April, when it reached only 92 per cent, and that beginning 9 April, when it achieved 86.5 per cent.

This was enough to make the trust fail the target for the whole of April, though it subsequently met the target during both May and June.

It performed better than two of the other main acutes in Surrey – Ashford St Peters and Royal Surrey County – but was worse than Frimley Park.

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.”

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.”

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