PERFORMANCE: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Foundation Trust was meeting the four-hour target for accident and emergency waits by the end of the first quarter of 2012-13, according to board papers.

The latest chief executive’s report to the board said that, as of the end of June, the trust was achieving a total of 95.5 per cent (against the target of 95 per cent).

“This is really good news, following the last two quarters of 2011-12 where we hadn’t met the target (achieving 91.4 per cent for both) and represents a lot of hard work on behalf of many individual members of staff,” Andrew Liles said in his report.

He added: “We have been doing a lot of work with the support of the national Emergency Care Intensive Support Team to improve the way we manage our emergency patients and this work is continuing as our top priority.

“Our bed occupancy levels for June are now at 88 per cent (compared to up to 97 per cent during the winter); and lower bed occupancy means better quality and better efficiency.”