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King's Lynn hospital missed crucial targets, research finds


By Lynn News Reporter


The trust which runs Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital missed three crucial targets in the last few months, research conducted by the BBC has found.

The research looked into how local NHS services are coping in terms of meeting their targets for cancer, A&E, ops and mental health.

It found the trust missed its goals to treat or admit patients within four hours of arrival at A&E, for patients to start cancer treatment within 62 days of urgent GP referral and for patients to have planned operations and care within 18 weeks of referral.

King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

However, it also shows that NHS West Norfolk hit its target of starting patients’ mental health therapy within six weeks of referral.

In October the QEH trust ranked 95th of 130 trusts with 84 per cent of its patients treated or admitted within four hours of arrival at A&E, missing the 95 per cent target and below the average in England of 89.1.

The trust performed better than the average trust in England in terms of patients starting cancer treatment within 62 days of urgent GP referral in September with 80.3 per cent compared to 78.2 per cent, meaning it ranked 72nd of 131 trusts. The target was 85 per cent.

For patients having planned operations and care within 18 weeks of referral, the trust ranked 101st of 126 trusts with 81.2 per cent in September, again missing the target of 92 per cent. The average for trusts in England was 86.7 per cent.

NHS West Norfolk clinical commissioning group hit its target with 78 per cent of patients starting mental health therapy within six weeks of referral from April to June compared to the average in England of 89.5 per cent and ranked 173rd of 195 CCG areas. The target was75.

The news comes after it was announced earlier this week that a decision on plans to move surgery and cancer care out of the QEH to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital may be delayed as full details are still being worked out.



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