Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

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ICS set to miss July two-year waiters target by 860 patients

One of England’s most challenged integrated care systems is set to miss by more than 800 patients the government’s target of eliminating two-year elective waits by July.

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Patients asked to travel 200 miles in push to cut elective waits

Long waiting times at Devon’s acute hospitals have forced commissioners to offer patients treatment 200 miles away in London in a bid to reduce the elective backlog.

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Ambulance waits hit two hours for heart attacks and strokes

Average waits for an ambulance for stroke and heart attack patients have reached as long as two hours in one region, after a further fall in performance in recent weeks, HSJ can reveal.

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Trusts with huge drops in A&E performance cite ‘aged’ and ‘outdated’ hospitals

Several hospital trusts whose A&E performance was in the top half of trusts last summer have seen the biggest drops this year, with some of them citing out-of-date buildings as a major reason.

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Ambulance and trolley waits soar to record levels

Ambulance response times hit new lows last month, leaving heart attack and stroke patients waiting nearly an hour to be reached on average, despite the system having an 18-minute target for this cohort.

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Trust chiefs fear ‘reduction’ in new hospital plans after NHSE rejects capital request

An acute trust has warned it may have to scale down its plans for a new hospital after NHS England refused to allow previously allocated funds to be spent on a much-needed elective care centre.

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A&E performance hits record low despite fewer attendances

England’s accident and emergency performance has fallen to its lowest level since records began, data released this morning shows.

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Neighbouring ICSs plan single hospital IT system

Five trusts across two integrated care systems are drawing up plans to roll out a single electronic patient record funded by the government’s flagship infrastructure project.

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‘40 new hospitals’ trust puts new IT system ahead of building

An acute and community trust, which has been allocated money as part of the “40 new hospitals” programme, is prioritising buying a new electronic patient record ahead of rebuilding its estate.

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Merging trusts seek digital investment with ‘40 new hospitals’ funds

Two acute and community trusts are considering spending part of their government-funded estates cash on a major digital transformation project, amid plans to merge into one organisation.

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HSJ’s most read technology stories of 2020

With 2020 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read technology stories of the year.

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STP chiefs push for extension of private hospital contract

System leaders in Devon say they need the nationally-agreed contract with private healthcare providers to remain in place until the end of this financial year amid efforts to restore elective services.

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Hospitals recruit vets to staff covid-19 wards

Hospitals are turning to the veterinary workforce to fill staffing gaps on intensive care wards ahead of an expected peak of covid-19 patients, HSJ can reveal.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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STP’s acute trusts split over major IT investment

Two of a sustainability and transformation partnership’s four acute trusts are yet to commit to rolling out a shared electronic record system, despite being asked to by NHS Improvement.

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Acute trust admits £20m financial plan miss

An acute trust has increased its forecast deficit by around £20m, amid a worsening of its county’s overall finances.

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Former success regime CCG’s finances plummet

One of England’s largest clinical commissioning groups has increased its planned deficit by nearly £40m.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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Mapped: The hospital builds in PM’s pledge

The trusts which will benefit from a share of £2.7bn to rebuild hospitals, or £100m to develop business cases for future schemes, announced by the prime minister today.

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Spiralling child waiting list forces CCG to take action

Record numbers of children waiting to be assessed for autism in Devon have forced the local CCG to seek an additional provider to try and tackle the backlog of approximately 1,800.