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King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust

Eight patients left on trolleys for over 12 hours

Eight patients at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust were left to wait on a trolley for over 12 hours over the Christmas period, according to NHS England data.

Seven of these patients spent New Year’s Eve waiting over 12 hours on a trolley, according to the data covering 19 to 31 December.

King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust had the highest number of trolley waits in the country with Wye Valley Trust and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust following with two each.

A spokesman from King’s said: “In October, we took over responsibility for the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital, including its emergency department – a service that has been facing challenges for a while.

“Since October, we’ve made a number of changes, including increasing staffing levels in the emergency department and putting in place additional capacity. Longer-term, we are implementing many of the pathways we have developed at our Denmark Hill site, that will ultimately make the Princess Royal emergency department service much more sustainable.”

Princess Royal University Hospital, which was part of the now defunct South London Healthcare Trust, underwent a Care Quality Commission inspection under the new regime at the beginning of December. A report is expected to be published in the next few months.

Readers' comments (3)

  • During SLHT there was only 1 12 hour trolley wait at PRH. It is true that the emergency pathway has challenges - but performance against the 4 hour standard was much higher than it is now.

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  • The public rational for splitting up SLHT was that the organisations that took over its three hospitals would facilitate an improvement in performance (operational and financial) above that which SLHT could do if it remained as a Trust in its own right. Realistically one would expect a transitional period but what did the plan envisage that period to be?
    Are we seeing yet another example of a M&A dragging down the acquiring organisation and not delivering the expected benefits? If so we should not be surprised as this is often the case.

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  • No. The hospital is not dragging the acquiring Trust down. Performance at the PRH has worsened since the transaction (and significantly). Of course you wouldn't expect an immediate improvement but you also wouldn't expect the drop in operational performance (despite a significant financial injection from NHSE which SLHT never received) that has been seen.

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