PERFORMANCE: A report to Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust’s board showed one patient had waited 23 hours before being admitted in A&E.

The report outlines the trust’s performance against a new set of A&E measures, which includes one for the single longest wait for admitted patients.

The March performance report said one patient had waited for 1,381 minutes “against the national standard of 360 minutes”.

It said this “was a further decline from 931 minutes in the last report”.

The standard is the” single longest wait is the time recorded from arrival at A&E to admission, transfer or discharge. The longest wait should be no longer than 6 hours.”

The trust has asked HSJ to make clear that this was not a trolley wait.

The board paper said there was “a continued effort” by both emergency departments to work towards a 2-hour decision making standard.

The report stated: “The trust has implemented winter access initiative schemes aimed at reducing waiting times for admitted patients. This includes ED consultants undertaking extended clinical shop floor sessions until 2000 hours Monday to Friday and at weekends in order to facilitate senior clinical decision-making for patients presenting to the department.

“Dedicated phlebotomy in place in both EDs to facilitate timely access to diagnostic investigations .The new AMU model is now operational on both sites and should help to improve the timeliness with which we can treat admitted patients,” it added.