PERFORMANCE: An error in how pain management patients were prioritised has meant that 254 patients at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust were not seen within 18 weeks.

The patients were treated as ‘planned admissions ’ – with their clinical condition determining when they are seen -  rather being seen within the 18 week stream and consequently some had waited 44 weeks for treatment.

The trust has now devised a plan to treat them all swiftly but the result is that the pain management speciality is unlikely to meet the 18 week standard for the first quarter of this year.

The trust, as whole, however was expected to comply with the 18 week standard.