South London Healthcare Trust failed to meet A&E targets in 43 out of 47 weeks

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SOUTH London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) failed to meet government targets in its A&E departments during 43 out of 47 weeks, research has revealed.

According to government guidelines, a health trust's goal is for 95 per cent of patients to be dealt with within four hours of reaching hospital A&E departments.

But a London Assembly report released shows the now defunct provider - which previously managed Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, Queen Mary's in Sidcup and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich - missed the target more than 90 per cent of the time.

Six London trusts missed the target at least 80 per cent of the time over the last year, while Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust missed it every single week.

London Assembly Member Dr Onkar Sahota, also chair of the London Assembly Health Committee, said: "This is extremely worrying and as the winter sets in, with increased costs for heating, we believe emergency health services will struggle even more and patients in need of urgent or emergency care will not be seen quickly enough."

The debt-ridden SLHT was dissolved on October 1.

It was put into administration last June with special administrator Matthew Kershaw appointed to help stabilise the trust’s finances.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has now merged with Lewisham to form the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust while Oxleas NHS Trust has now taken over the running of the Queen Mary’s Hospital site in Sidcup.

The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) is now run by King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust spokesman declined to comment on the SLHT’s management while a spokesman for King’s said: “Since 1 October, we have been focussed on making sure patients receive high quality care as soon as possible.

“At the PRUH, we are increasing staffing levels, expanding the footprint of the Emergency Department, and reducing the time some patients have to wait to be admitted to hospital.

"We will also be looking at the way patients move through the department, so that we can fully assess exactly what additional improvements can be made.

“The immediate challenge is to ensure the department is able to cope with the increase pressures brought on by winter, and we have plans in place to address this.”

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6:09pm Tue 19 Nov 13

mouthalmighty says...

Has it ever been considered that other hospitals just falsify the figures. From personal experience, I couldn't believe my ears when a nurse asked the doctor if he knew how to back track the time for my waiting. It was almost 5 hours; so I asked the nurse to repeat what she said and she replied that they do that if its just over 4 hours. So, obviously, some bright spark has worked out how to override the system, and passed it on to colleagues. They spent so much time fiddling the books, patient care came last. They've ticked all their boxes, but I had over 4 hours wait in agony watching people come and go. The staff thought they had tested my urine and bloods. No apology either
Has it ever been considered that other hospitals just falsify the figures. From personal experience, I couldn't believe my ears when a nurse asked the doctor if he knew how to back track the time for my waiting. It was almost 5 hours; so I asked the nurse to repeat what she said and she replied that they do that if its just over 4 hours. So, obviously, some bright spark has worked out how to override the system, and passed it on to colleagues. They spent so much time fiddling the books, patient care came last. They've ticked all their boxes, but I had over 4 hours wait in agony watching people come and go. The staff thought they had tested my urine and bloods. No apology either mouthalmighty
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5:25pm Thu 21 Nov 13

John Smith123 says...

Darent Valley Hospital - Trust Board Meeting July 2011 - "SD noted the 62 day cancer wait target was not achieved in 2010/11 and asked whether the situation had improved in 2011/12. SJ stated that the team had been asked to consider enhanced forward thinking on pathways, and this was being supported by provision of appropriate management information."

When the Department of Health Intensive Support Team visited in September 2011, the discovered - "non-compliance with the 62 day standard dates back to September 2010"

"The IST observed that the attendees had started to leave the room prior to the final patient being discussed. Recommendation: The Trust to urgently explore ways of improving these MDT meetings, in particular the colorectal MDM"
Darent Valley Hospital - Trust Board Meeting July 2011 - "SD noted the 62 day cancer wait target was not achieved in 2010/11 and asked whether the situation had improved in 2011/12. SJ stated that the team had been asked to consider enhanced forward thinking on pathways, and this was being supported by provision of appropriate management information." When the Department of Health Intensive Support Team visited in September 2011, the discovered - "non-compliance with the 62 day standard dates back to September 2010" "The IST observed that the attendees had started to leave the room prior to the final patient being discussed. Recommendation: The Trust to urgently explore ways of improving these MDT meetings, in particular the colorectal MDM" John Smith123
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Thu 21 Nov 13

John Smith123 says...

Trust Board Meting October 2011

"The 62 day cancer target has been missed for the past five months. Intensive Support Team has been engaged to help facilitate improvements in performance. A draft report has been received and a feedback session has been arranged for November. Performance improved in September achieving 85% against a target of 86% however cancer access targets remain our highest risk area for performance."
Trust Board Meting October 2011 "The 62 day cancer target has been missed for the past five months. Intensive Support Team has been engaged to help facilitate improvements in performance. A draft report has been received and a feedback session has been arranged for November. Performance improved in September achieving 85% against a target of 86% however cancer access targets remain our highest risk area for performance." John Smith123
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