PERFORMANCE: University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust is not expecting to hit the four hour accident and emergency target for quarter one 2013-14.

May board papers said that in April was 88.6 per cent of patients were admitted or discharged within four hours, including a “very challenging” first week, in which there were more than 700 breaches.

The papers said: “Performance has improved however it is expected that the trust will not meet the standard for quarter one.

“The trust continues to work with the wider system to improve patient flow and has change processes to reduce re-attendance. At the time of writing this report the quarter to date performance has risen to 90.04 per cent.”