PERFORMANCE: An increase in emergency admissions and an “unseasonal” outbreak of norovirus put pressure on performance at Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust during July.

Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Thoracic Medicine each saw growth in admissions of more than 25 per cent while geriatric medicine saw an increase of eight per cent compared to quarter one of the previous year.

A report to July’s board said the impact of this had been “compounded” by the norovirus outbreak which resulted in nine wards having admissions “restricted or transferred”.

The outbreak has also increased delayed transfers of care as patients are held on close wards for clinical reasons and increased length of stay.

To maintain elective surgery 32 escalation beds remain open however the trust is reporting a medium risk of failing to meet the referral to treatment targets.