PERFORMANCE: An 11.5 per cent rise in emergency admissions has prevented South Warwickshire Foundation Trust from closing winter capacity as planned.

September board papers say that the soaring demand for emergency services has been mitigated by a cut in the length of stay, freeing capacity to cope with the extra patients.

This year has seen improvements in the elderly care and short stay pathways.

Overall  41.5 per cent of acute admissions were discharged within two days in June – beating the  average figure of 38.8 per cent since 2007.

Discharges within seven days was also better than the year as a whole, with a figure of 72.1 per cent against an average since 2007 of 70.3.

Improvements in the “sick specialty” length of stay are anticipated.