Queen Alexandra Hospital fail to meet treatment targets

READY Nursing staff prepare a bed in the medical assessment unit at QA hospital.
READY Nursing staff prepare a bed in the medical assessment unit at QA hospital.
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PATIENTS in Portsmouth are having to wait longer than 18 weeks to be treated in hospital, new figures reveal.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, is failing to meet the government benchmark of seeing 90 per cent of patients referred by GPs within 18 weeks.

In June 2011, only 71 per cent of patients were seen with the time frame.

It puts QA as one of the worst-performing hospitals in the area, falling behind Southampton General Hospital (78 per cent), Salisbury District Hospital (93 per cent) and Winchester Hospital (88 per cent).

The latest information from the Department of Health showed that five per cent of people who visited the super-hospital were waiting more than 26 weeks for treatment.

But on average, half of patients were treated within 14 weeks.

A Trust spokesperson said:

‘The Trust takes the treatment and care of patients very seriously and is currently performing above the national target for non-admitted patients. This means patients who do not need to stay in hospital are being referred, seen, assessed and treated within 18-weeks.

‘Whilst the Trust is below target against the target for admitted patients (those waiting for elective surgery) good progress is being made to address this. To improve this, the Trust and local commissioning NHS partners have agreed to and are working together to treat the patients who are already waiting over 18-weeks as a priority. Over the last few months we have significantly reduced these and anticipate that all patients who had waited more than 18-weeks will have received their treatment and we will be achieving the 18-week standard for admitted patients by the end of the year.

‘We recognise that waiting for an operation can be a stressful time for patients and their families and we reassure our patients that we are working extremely hard to ensure that everyone is seen and treated within the appropriate time frame.’