PERFORMANCE: Western Sussex Hospitals Trust needs “further work” to meet its stretch target for fractured neck of femur surgery but performance is improving.

At its last meeting, the trust board discussed performance on the time taken for patients with fractured neck of femur to be operated on.

The papers from the meeting said: “Performance in respect of the 36-hour target had improved significantly but further work was necessary if the trust was to achieve its own (stretch) 24-hour target.

“It was noted that this was dependent upon the introduction of a greater number of all-day trauma and orthopaedics operating lists, an improvement, which was subject to a delivery plan at the present time.

“With effect from 31 October 2011 there would be four all-day trauma and orthopaedics operating lists per week, and five per week from 7 November 2011.”