PERFORMANCE: North Devon Healthcare Trust saw more breaches of the six week diagnostic test target in December than in the previous seven months combined.

From April to November there were only 13 breaches of the target; in December there were 24, mostly in urodynamics.

According to a report presented to NHS Devon, the urodynamics breaches follow the repatriation of a service from the Royal Devon & Exeter FT and are “the result of several issues including the loss of a key member of staff and increased referrals to the service due to its local provision”.

Actions have been taken to address the increase in referrals to the service and additional training has been given to staff members to improve cover.

Despite these actions, it is predicted a similar number of urodynamics breaches will occur in January although performance is expected to improve in February and March.