PERFORMANCE: Emergency demand has outstripped capacity at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Board papers for January show that during quarter three of 2011-12 there was a 6 per cent increase in emergency admissions.

“Further analysis has shown that 25 per cent of this increase is in patients of the age of 90 years,” the papers note.

“This equates to an additional three patients a day, which… equates to an additional demand for 18 acute beds, where there were 14 less beds than last year.”

Average length of stay was cut in November, but this was not enough to offset the extra demand.

The trust missed its target of admitting or discharging all emergency patients within four hours. Performance for quarter three was 93.9 per cent against a target of 95 per cent.