PERFORMANCE: Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust has been given a red rating under the South Central strategic health authority compliance framework for its operating plans, and an amber rating for care quality.

The trust’s performance report for November shows it fell short on its 18 week referral to treatment target, cancer waiting time screening targets, and emergency performance.

In August 85.7 per cent of cancer patients received their first screening in under 62 days, against a target of 90 per cent, while the 95th percentile of admitted patients waited more than 30 weeks in September, against a target of 23 weeks.

The trust also missed its unplanned accident and emergency reattendance target, and its 15-minute time to initial assessment target, with waits of one hour 23 minutes, 1.59 and 49 minutes for each of the three months to September.

Missed targets also resulted in the trust receiving an amber rating for care quality.

The trust has seen a fall-off in venous thromboembolism risk assessments, which hit the 90 per cent target in July, falling to 78 per cent and 86 per cent in August and September.

The trust reported nine C difficile cases against a “tolerance” of five, and is failing to meet its target 22 per cent c-section rate. July is the only month so far this year where the trust hit the target. In August the rate was over 29 per cent, while September’s figure was 25 per cent.

The trust’s hospital standardised mortality performance has been above the expected level for three out of the four months to July 2011. In May June and July its HSMR was 110.6, 111.6, and 116.2 respectively.

The report says: “Audits of the patients’ records revealed no adverse events or underlying issues and comparing the actual number of deaths over time does not show an unusual spike in the number of patient deaths.”