PERFORMANCE: Too many ambulances are waiting too long to handover patients at both Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust it has emerged.

Newark and Sherwood CCG has said in a board paper that the trusts are failing to achieve targets for ambulance turnaround times to be 15 minutes or less.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust has managed to hit the target in just 65 per cent of cases in March while Nottingham University Hospitals managed 80 per cent.

East Midlands Ambulance Service has told the CCG the main issue is a lack of clinical staff being available to take the handover from paramedics.

Among actions planned to tackle the problem include the construction of a new entrance for ambulance crews to a ward at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre; the introduction of hospital ambulance liaison officers at QMC and addition real-time monitoring and escalation at both Nottingham’s City and QMC sites.

A new electronic system to record ambulance turnaround times is being introduced at Kings Mill Hospital, run by Sherwood Forest Trust before the end of April.