PERFORMANCE: Winchester and Eastleigh NHS Trust has reported several target breaches around waiting times both for elective treatment and in its emergency department.

The acute trust was given a red rating for its time to initial assessment in accident and emergency, which was recorded at two hours and 19 minutes for the 95th percentile – against a target of 15 minutes. It was also over the target of a one-hour median wait to treatment, with an average of one hour and 21 minutes.

Meanwhile, the trust was also rated red for three out of six recorded elective referral to treatment indicators.

The trust’s performance report for May said that in general, activity was “within expected tolerances”, with the exception of non-elective admissions, excluding paediatrics and obstetrics.

“It appears that the reduction in activity is mainly in the medical specialities,” the report said. “The full reason behind the activity drop is not fully understood and is still being investigated,

to determine if the activity changes are related to effective demand management or changes in non-elective referral patterns.”

However, the trust has been congratulated for its stroke care by Charles Waddicor, the Chair of the Cardiovascular Network. The trust had green ratings for both its time to treatment targets, and the best overall performance in the South Central region.

A new stroke unit was set to open on June 22.