PERFORMANCE: An increase in emergency admissions at Southport and Ormskirk has pushed NHS Merseyside 2 per cent over its plan for non-elective activity for the year-to-date, the primary care trust cluster has reported.

NHS Merseyside’s latest performance report states that the cluster is “currently 2 per cent over plan for the year to June and 0.6 per cent over the activity levels for Non-Electives in the same period last year”.  

It continues: “This is been driven primarily by an increase in Non-Elective activity in the Sefton locality and primarily for activity at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust. Work is on-going with the Trust to understand the Non-Elective/Urgent Care pressures currently being experienced. 

“Without the impact of the Sefton activity the Merseyside Cluster would be within plan for Non-Elective admissions in 2012-13 to June.”

A table published in the report shows that Southport and Ormskirk recorded 10,290 emergency admissions for the year to date, compared with 9,566 for the same period in 2011-12.