The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is pleased to report that it has achieved the national Emergency Department (ED) four-hour operational target for quarter four (January to April 2014) – with a figure of 95.81%.
Additionally, the Trust’s year end performance has been recorded at 95.1%. Analysis of NHS England figures shows that of the 143 Trusts which have major ED units, only 18 of them have hit the 95 per cent target this year.
The four hour target sets out that 95% of patients, as a minimum, coming into the Emergency Department should not have to wait for longer than four hours to be assessed, treated, safely discharged, admitted to hospital or signposted to another care provider.
Louise Barnett, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “Our aim is to deliver quality, safe care to the population of Rotherham and achieving operational targets is testament to the Trust’s continuous hard work to ensure timely, safe treatment and appropriate discharge of our patients.
“By working together with our health partners, and with the support of NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, the Trust continues to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality care to patients to ultimately improve their experience within the ED and throughout services Trust-wide.”
Chris Edwards, Chief Officer of NHS Rotherham CCG and chair of the Rotherham Urgent Care Working Group, said: “To be in the top 15 Trusts in the country for meeting the ED target is a fantastic achievement for Rotherham. Meeting this target is thanks to the hard work of staff working in the NHS, social care and voluntary sector.
“Making sure the people of Rotherham can get the right advice and treatment when they need NHS care urgently is a top priority for us all, and everyone involved in providing urgent care services deserves to be credited.
“Patients choosing the right service helps us to help those who are in most urgent need of treatment. It is essential that people continue to choose the right care for their symptoms, in most cases accessing their GP and pharmacy.”
The Trust is committed continually achieving its operational targets and is dedicated to maintaining and improving results so that it can further enhance services and care for patients.
For more information please contact Laurie Crabtree, Communications Officer at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, on 01709 426084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.