PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare is now the only trust in the South East Coast region significantly behind on venous thromboembolism performance, according to strategic health authority board papers.

NHS South East Coast’s performance report for September, its last before clustering, reveals that the number of adult hospital admissions risk assessed for VTE at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare  during the first quarter of 2011-12 was 55.5 per cent.

The report said: “Reporting of VTE risk assessments has shown significant improvement across the region and providers and commissioners are to be commended on delivering the gains seen.

“One trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare, remains materially below the England average at quarter one (84.1 per cent) and the trust is continuing to make efforts to improve VTE risk assessment reporting.”

Unvalidated figures for July, also published in the report, suggest the trust has improved to 64.8 per cent.

The improvement compares to just 3.6 per cent for the second quarter of 2010-11, rising to 22.1 per cent in the third quarter and 41.9 per cent in the fourth.