Over the last year improving our emergency care pathway has been a big priority. We faced a very challenging winter with difficulty in consistently meeting our four hour waiting time target and the decision to declare a major incident in January.
We expect emergency care to remain challenging, as is the case nationally. We are working very closely with our NHS partners to make sustained improvements.
Within A&E we are looking at other improvements we can make, such as reconfiguring the department to free up capacity for more serious patients, using more ‘point of care’ testing to speed up diagnosis and increasing seven day working.