Wednesday, 8 April 2015

West London NHS trusts miss A&E waiting time targets

All NHS trusts across west London fell short of the target of 95% of patients waiting less than four hours to be seen in A&E.


All of west London's hospital trusts missed A&E waiting time targets last month.
Just 89.2% of patients at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust waited less than four hours from arrival to being admitted, discharged or transferred in the week ending March 29.
The target is at least 95% of patients waiting less than four hours.
The trust, responsible for Ealing Hospital, Northwick Park and Central Middlesex hospitals, has not hit the 95% target since it was created at the start of October.
Isleworth's West Middlesex Hospital, where 92.8% of patients waited less than four hours, has missed the target for six weeks running.
Imperial College Hospital, 89.8%, has missed the target for four weeks; Pennine Acute, 93.4%, for 22 weeks; and University Hospitals of South Manchester, 93.1%, for five weeks, while Chelsea and Westminster, 92.8%, and The Hillingdon Hospitals, 94.4%, just dipped below the target in the last weeks of March.
Across England, A&Es have missed the waiting time targets every week for the last six months.
The latest figures, from NHS England, show in the week to March 29, 92% of people attending A&E waited less than four hours before being admitted, discharged or transferred. The target is at least 95% waiting less than four hours.
The figures for the last week of March mean that the target has been missed every week for two quarters, with the last time English A&Es managed to hit the target in the week ending September 28.
Across the whole of the January to March quarter, just 91.8% of people attending A&E waited less than four hours, the worst performance across a quarter in the 10 years the figures go back.
For the whole of 2014/15, English A&Es missed the 95% target, with an overall performance for the year of 93.6%, the lowest performance since 91% in 2003/04, when targets were first introduced. In 2014/15, the 95% target was missed in 37 out of 52 weeks.
The worst performing trust in England in the week to March 29 was Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, with 71.4% of patients waiting less than four hours. More than a fifth of patients had to wait longer than four hours in 13 other A&Es across England.

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