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George Eliot missed 'key operational targets'.

Byline: CLAIRE HARRISON Nuneaton Reporter news@coventrytelegraph.net

VITAL targets for A&E waiting times, referral for treatment and cancer care have been missed at the hospital serving Nuneaton.

It has been revealed that the George Eliot Hospital did not achieve some of its 'key operational targets' last year, leaving patients waiting for care.

At its recent AGM the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Board were told that the demand for emergency services increased 'significantly' over the winter months and it impacted on the trust's performance in key operational targets, including the A&E four hour target as well as the 18 weeks referral to treatment waiting times.

George third Also the target to start treating cancer patients 62 days after they are referred to the hospital was described as 'extremely challenging' and the trust failed to hit it in East five out of the last 12 months.

A spokesperson for the trust explained that last winter the hospital was hit by "unparalleled pressure", seeing an eleven per cent increase in the amount of people turning up for care in its emergency department, which had a huge impact on the A&E waiting times.

"As a result, we were unable to achieve the target of 95 per cent of patients waiting less than four hours from arrival to discharge, admission or transfer," the spokesman said.

"Despite this, George Eliot had the third best performing Emergency Department across East and West Midlands trusts during the winter period and this is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff during a period of unparalleled pressure.

"In addition, the trust has a number of measures in place to help achieve the target in future, including raising public awareness of how best to access services, improving patient flow through reducing inpatient length of stay and improving the way in which patients are discharged."

Speaking about the failure to meet the cancer 62 day target, the spokesperson added that the hospital has already made moves to make improvements, including working closely with the Cancer Network.

"With regards to the failure to achieve the 62 day cancer targets, elements of patient choice and some particularly complex patient pathways have resulted in a number of unexpected challenges, which have affected the delivery of this operational target," the spokesman said.

"The trust has made a number of improvements to manage this. Primarily, staff have been working closely with the Cancer Network to deliver the best pathways for patient care and moving forwards, we believe this will improve the rate at which we achieve the 62 day target."

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