Hos­pi­tal’s four-hour wait­ing tar­gets met

NHS trust also met all oth­ers stan­dards set by watchdog

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A&E WAIT­ING tar­gets have been met for the first time – less than a year af­ter the hos­pi­tal was taken out of spe­cial mea­sures.

Ser­vices at Wex­ham Park hit the four-hour tar­get in the first quar­ter of the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year af­ter be­ing taken over by Frim­ley Park Hos­pi­tal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in Oc­to­ber last year.

This comes in the face of in­creas­ing frus­tra­tion with hos­pi­tals re­cently for fail­ing to meet the tar­get for treat­ing, dis­charg­ing or ad­mit­ting 95 per pa­tients hours.

Prior to the hos­pi­tal was by Heather­wood and Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

More than 800,000 peo­ple across four coun­ties are served by the emer­gency de­part­ments in Slough and Frim­ley.

The trust also met all other key stan­dards set out by the health ser­vice reg­u­la­tor Mon­i­tor over the three-month pe­riod.

Frim­ley Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Sir An­drew Mor­ris said: “Hit­ting all these core stan­dards for the first time as Frim­ley Health is the best cent of A&E

within four this

run in­di­ca­tion yet that we are on track to meet our aim of pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vices to all our pa­tients across the re­gion.

“It is also the first time that Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal has achieved all the stan­dards in any quar­ter for a num­ber of years. Con­sid­er­ing the hos­pi­tal was placed in spe­cial mea­sures by the CQC (Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion) just a year ago this is a re­mark­able achieve­ment on be­half of staff and man­agers to turn it around.

“Ev­ery­one has been work­ing ex­tremely hard to make sure that join­ing forces has been a suc­cess, by bring­ing a bet­ter lead­er­ship and man­age­ment struc­ture for Wex­ham Park and Heather­wood Hos­pi­tals, and en­sur­ing that ser­vices con­tinue to im­prove at all our hos­pi­tals.”

Com­plaints at Wex­ham and Heather­wood have fallen sig­nif­i­cantly and they have re­mained sta­ble at Frim­ley Park.

Sir An­drew added: “We still have a long way to go and it will be three to five years be­fore we get to where we re­ally want to be. But I’m re­ally pleased that the 2015-2016 fi­nan­cial year has be­gun so suc­cess­fully.

“In ad­di­tion we are con­tin­u­ing to de­liver out­stand­ing ser­vices from Frim­ley Park Hos­pi­tal.”

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