PERFORMANCE: The 95 per cent target for treating A&E patients with four hours was missed in January at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

A report to the board said: “This positionresulted from sustained high levels of attendances during the month, with attendances on the Royal Preston site significantly higher than that experienced during the same period last year.”

Performance in January was only 93.4 per cent and the board heard that pressures had continued into February.