PERFORMANCE: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals hit the national accident and emergency waiting target in May, but reported that it would not be able to achieve the target for the first quarter of 2013-14 overall.

The trust’s emergency department saw 95.27 per cent of patients within four hours in May against a national target of 95 per cent. In April, its performance was 91.87 per cent.

Its latest performance report states: “Since the end of December the Trust has experienced an increase in the age and acuity of patients accessing emergency services, with a specific rise in the number of arrivals to ED by ambulance during this period.

“This has resulted in major operational pressures in relation to overall bed capacity and specifically access to critical care beds throughout quarter 4 and into quarter 1 of 2013-14 with non-achievement of the standard in April.

“In May performance has moved back into compliance with the 4 hour standard achieved on both sites. Given the level of under-performance in April, Quarter 1 compliance is not achievable.

“The Trust and partner organisations have commissioned a system wide Urgent Care Review to develop integrated urgent care solutions addressing both the current operational pressures and to ensure sustainability into the next winter period.”