Bucks hos­pi­tal trust misses its A&E tar­get

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Bucks hos­pi­tal trust has missed the tar­get for see­ing A&E pa­tients in four hours.

Bucks Health­care NHS Trust saw 94.5 per cent of pa­tients within four hours in the week to Septem­ber 14. The tar­get is 95 per cent. The trust has missed the tar­get run­ning.

Across Eng­land, the pro­por­tion of pa­tients seen in A&E in less than four hours is at its low­est level in 18 months.

In the most re­cent week, end­ing Oc­to­ber 12, 93.8 per cent of pa­tients were

two

weeks seen within four hours. This is the low­est level since the week end­ing April 21, 2013, a point at which hos­pi­tal trusts had missed tar­gets for 13 weeks in a row.

The worst per­form­ing was the Royal Corn­wall Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust. 30.7 per cent of pa­tients waited more than four hours.

The Bucks trust said more peo­ple are us­ing A&E and it ‘nar­rowly’ missed the tar­get.

It added it is mak­ing im­prove­ments. It also urged peo­ple to only use A&E in a real emer­gency.

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