Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been ranked among the best NHS hospitals in the country and has been shown to demonstrate ‘outstanding practice’ in several areas. The new tracker, produced by the BBC, lets the public see how their local hospital is performing against three key NHS waiting time measures: A&E, caner and planned operations and care.
The tracker shows the Kingston Hospital has been performing within the top 30% of Trusts for all three measures, and the top 10% for cancer care and planned operations. Despite missing the 95% target for seeing all A&E patients within four hours, the Trust is performing well compared to other Trusts: Kingston seeing 91.7% of A&E patients in less than four hours, compared to the national average of 89.7%.
The Trust’s cancer care and planned operations scores are where it really stands out: ranking as the 11th best Trust in the country for both measures, beating both the national average and the initial target. Cancer care is a particular area of excellence for the Trust, consistently being one of the best performing Trusts in London for achieving targets and chosen to be part of a pilot to cut the waiting times down even more.
Sally Brittain, Director of Nursing & Quality at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Kingston Hospital has achieved strong performance with the key national targets. In particular we are really proud of consistently achieving all the cancer targets and in our ability to treat over 94% of our patients within 18 weeks of their GP referring them.
“Although performance against the 4 hour A&E standard remains a challenge in light of increasing attendances within our Emergency Department, particularly from older people in our local community, we remain totally focussed on providing the highest quality of care to all our patients.”
Qualitative data recorded in the tracker describes Kingston as performing well in a number of the other areas, with dementia care, palliative care and sexual health services being named as areas of ‘outstanding practice’. It also highlighted that the Trust treats people with kindness, dignity and compassion, recognises when people need additional support, handles complaints effectively and confidently and takes into account people’s cultural and religious needs.
Notes to Editor
The NHS tracker produced by the BBC and referred to in this release can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41483322
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