PERFORMANCE: The four hour national A&E targets have this year been extended to include the whole time a patient now spends in A&E. 

Performance board papers for Doncaster and Bassetlaw FT show that patients being admitted to hospital are often having to wait nearly eight hours in A&E.

According to the board report this is “significantly higher than the target”. 

It continues:  “Performance for admitted patients was affected…by a lack of beds, caused by a number of ward closures as a result of norovirus. This in turn had a detrimental effect on patients flowing out of the A&E department in a timely manner.”

The trust is also failing to meet unplanned reattendance rates, which stands at nearly 7 per cent against a national target of 5 per cent.