WHHT - Annual Report 05/06

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Annual Report 2005-2006: Performance

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust was awarded one star in the NHS performance ratings of summer 2005, an improvement on the previous year's zero rating.


More to Achieve
Not Achieved

Waiting time for outpatient appointments – since December 2005, no patient referred by a GP waited more than 13 weeks for a first appointment with a consultant.

Waiting time for MRI and CT scans – as at March 2006, no patient was waiting more than six months for an MRI or CT scan.

Outpatient and in-patient booking – since December 2005, 99.9% of outpatients and 100% of patients having planned surgery were able to book their appointment at a time of their choice.

Cancer 62 day wait – 95.7% of those diagnosed with cancer commenced their treatment within two months of their GP sending the referral (based on January to March 2006 figures). (Target 95%)

Cancer 31 day wait, of all patients diagnosed as having cancer, 99.7% commenced their treatment within one month of diagnosis (based on January to March 2006 figures). (Target 98%)

Cancer data completeness – we treated 351 cancer patients between January and March 2006, which was just above the indicative target level of 350.

Waiting time for planned operations – since the end of December 2005, no patient has waited more than six months for planned operations. Between April and Dec 2005, there were 12 breaches of the nine-month standard.

Cancer two-week wait – 99.7% of patients referred with suspected cancer were seen by a specialist within two weeks of GP referral.

MRSA infections – there were 51 bacteraemia infections identified in the laboratory, against a target figure of 36 for 2005-06.

A&E total waiting time – the target for 2005-06 was that, over 98% of patients should spend no more than four hours being treated in the A&E department before being either discharged or admitted. We achieved 95%.We now achieve 98% and above.

With an annual turnover of 209.2 million, the Trust reported a deficit of 26.8 million.

Following national consultation in 2004, Standards for Better Health have been introduced by the Government to replace the 'star rating' system. The Healthcare Commission now assesses the performance of NHS organisations against 44 national healthcare standards. The standards cover a wide range of quality issues relating to patient care and experience. These include safety, staff training, waste management, cleanliness and many more.

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2005/2006 Annual Report

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