PERFORMANCE: NHS London has divided the capital’s hospital trusts into high, medium and low-risk for the annual winter surge in admissions.

The trust’s identified as “high risk” over the next five months are largely the medium-sized organisations, with the three £900m-turnover trusts and the sub-£250m turnover organisations deemed lower risk.

The seven high risk are: Whipps Cross, South London Healthcare Trust, Barts and the London, Epsom and St Helier, North West London Hospitals, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals and Newham hospitals.

An NHS London briefing paper said there was an ongoing programme of joint exercises and weekly conference calls.

It said: “Building on last years experience, it is suggested that clusters should meet with NHS London colleagues to discuss the high risk trust evidencetogether, before jointly participating in a cluster-led review meeting with the Trusts.

“For high risk trusts clusters may decide to request additional evidence.”