FINANCE: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust is reporting a surplus almost double plan due to over activity.

A report to November’s board reveals the net surplus is just over £5m against a planned year to date surplus of £2.6m.

It states: “As noted above, activity to date has been significantly above planned levels. This has resulted in a year to date income over achievement of £2.2m. A significant proportion of this (£1.2m) relates to cardiology, continuing the trend seen in previous months.

“Year to date inpatient over-performance currently stands at 889 (3 per cent). Non-elective spells and outpatient activity remain significantly above plan, with respective variances of 2,824 cases and 6,371 attendances to date. Emergency department attendances also remain above plan by 2,339 attendances (7.2 per cent).”

The trust is also preforming well against its planned savings and has realised £400,000 more than the planned £3.901m to date.