PERFORMANCE: Performance against the four hour A&E standard feel to 86.9 per cent in December at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust.

Reductions in discharges and an increase in the length of stay because patients contributed to the poor performance. For the year to date the trust is also below the 95 per cent standard at 93.5 per cent.

‘Escalation beds have been opened to manage the demand and consultants’ ward rounds have been increased,’ a report to the January board meeting explained.