PERFORMANCE: Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust managed to meet the 18 referral to treatment standard for admitted patients in July, although the board heard there were still challenges in sustaining it.

The trust is planning more surgeons in particular laparoscopic techniques to ease waiting times in general surgery.

It was below the 95 per cent standard for four hour waits in July at 91 per cent with problems including not having enough free beds to admit patients who had come through A&E.

Action taken by the trust has included appointing a new consultant for the department and looking at discharging patients where there are equal or better care pathways available outside the acute sector.