PERFORMANCE: The acute trust has seen “a significant over performance against the contracted level of births” a report says.

The performance document said: “Plans were put in place to try and slow down this rate by diverting expecting mothers to other local maternity units; however a significant over performance was expected. A revised expected birth rate of 5,400 births was agreed. At the year end, the Trust had 5,268 births against the revised trajectory of 5,400. This is following a significant slow down of the birth rate for quarter 4 of 2010-11.”

The old target was 5,000, based on the 2009/10 figure of 4,838.

Nine mothers were redirected to other trusts, Ealing and Hillingdon Hospitals, to give birth.

The trust is proposing to merge with neighbouring Ealing Hospital Trust and the provider arms of Ealing, Harrow and Brent primary care trusts.

The sector commissioners agreed to extend the additional Maternity Matters funding, due to expire this financial year, for 2011/12.