PERFORMANCE: The trust missed its 18 week referral-to-treatment target in six specialties in November 2010, newly published board papers show.

A report to the January 26 board meeting of primary care trust NHS Western Cheshire says the hospital breached the target in general surgery, trauma and orthopaedic, and ophthalmology.

There were also breaches in oral surgery, ear, nose and throat, and in the ‘other’ surgery category.

The report says: “The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been formally notified with regard to the implementation of the activity management plan and delivery of 18 weeks referral to treatment target.

“Electives were cancelled in December and January owing to winter pressures, which have extended waiting times. The letter will instruct the Trust not to embark on additional clinical activity or any waiting list initiatives.”