Hospital struggles to meet its targets - The Evesham Observer

Hospital struggles to meet its targets

Evesham Editorial 16th Sep, 2017   0

HOSPITAL chiefs are struggling to meet national treatment targets, with A&E waiting times at the Worcestershire Royal a particular concern.

Across the trust medics once again failed to hit the four-hour waiting time target in accident and emergency, while the 18-week referral to treatment time window was also missed.

However, there was success in seeing and treating cancer patients, while the two-week breast cancer referral time was only missed due to patient choice related to work commitments.

In a report to the board of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Haq Khan, acting director of performance, said treatment times in A&E have plateaued after showing improvements between December and March.

There was a marked difference in performance between The Royal, Worcester, which is now seeing more seriously ill patients and children, and the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

The Royal treated 64 per cent of patients within the four-hour Government target of 90 per cent, while The Alex recorded a level of 86 per cent.

However, patients at The Royal were being quickly assessed on arrival with staff triaging 84 per cent of patients within 15 minutes.

The latest figures for July also show an increase in the number of A&E patients waiting in the corridors at The Royal, rising from 199 to 212. However, the length of time a patient spends there has decreased from 287 to 234 minutes.

Mr Khan said the Worcester Royal in particular has been hit by an increase in workload, staffing shortages and the inability to move patients out of A&E and into a hospital bed due to it operating at close to capacity.

Across the trust both The Alex and The Royal were receiving an average of nearly 130 ambulances a day – a consistently high level – and there has been delays in transfer patients due to the sheer volume arriving.

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