PERFORMANCE: Almost half of ambulances arriving at North Bristol Trust in the last week of August waited more than 15 minutes to handover their patient to hospital staff.

A report to South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s board said in the week ending 1 September 42.5 per cent of ambulances were kept waiting more than 15 minutes.

Year to date performance is 37.2 per cent. This compared to 15.1 per cent at University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust during the same week. Year to date performance is 19.1 per cent.

The report said: “Commissioners are finalising the penalties schedule which apply to the trust for ambulance handover breaches.”

Penalties are only being applied for waits of 30 minutes or longer during 2013-14.