PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust just missed the 95 per cent A&E target in March –despite coping with a 14 per cent month-on-month increase in attendances.

The trust managed 94 per cent against the four hour target. It has recently changed how the department operates, with eight consultants now on the rota.

But the pressures meant the trust had problems with patients being quickly admitted to a dedicated stroke unit and then  spending most of their time there. In March only 35 per cent of patients were admitted directly within four hours of arrival. Although the target of 80 per cent of patients spending 90 per cent of their time on a unit was met in January, the trust struggled with it in February and March and performance slumped to 55 per cent.