PERFORMANCE: The trust missed the four hour accident and emergency target in February, due in part to a lack of available beds, board papers state.

East Lancashire’s latest performance report states that the trust saw 93.58 per cent of A&E patients within four hours in February, against a national target of 95 per cent.

However, its performance for the year to date remained above target, at 95.85 per cent.

The report said its current underperformance against the target was driven in part by lack of bed availability, delays in first assessment due to lack of capacity in the department, and the complexity of the patients being seen in A&E.

Among the actions the trust had taken to improve performance, the report said it had opened an additional 34 beds in February and March.