NHS trust pledges to support QA’s A&E unit

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THE trust in charge of ensuring Queen Alexandra Hospital remains sustainable has recognised the site has difficulties within A&E.

The Trust Development Authority oversees hospitals that are yet to attain foundation trust status.

As reported, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), which runs QA, is still not meeting national targets of treating A&E patients within four hours.

The guidelines state a person should be treated, discharged or admitted within four hours 90 per cent of the time.

However, between January and March this year QA only managed 87.5 per cent, and the national average was 92.5 per cent.

A TDA spokesman said: ‘We are clear whenever possible patients should not be waiting longer than four hours.

‘It’s no secret PHT has faced a number of challenges in achieving this and we will continue to support them as they strive to treat patients as quickly as possible.

‘A key part of this is making sure they’re working with all health and social care organisations in the area to make lasting improvements. We will continue to monitor this work closely.’