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Monitor agrees A&E improvements in Gloucestershire


4 November 2015

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After investigating Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Monitor has agreed a number of measures to cut A&E waiting times, it was announced today.

The trust, which provides acute and specialist care at hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham, was investigated because too many patients were waiting too long to be seen in its A&E.

After investigating Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Monitor has agreed a number of measures to cut A&E waiting times, it was announced today.

The trust, which provides acute and specialist care at hospitals in Gloucester and Cheltenham, was investigated because too many patients were waiting too long to be seen in its A&E.

It will appoint an improvement director, who will provide expertise to help it make improvements in A&E. The trust will also implement an improvement plan, which was prepared with the support of independent urgent care experts.

Today Paul Streat, regional director at Monitor, said: “We have worked with Gloucestershire Hospitals and local healthcare organisations to identify how patient waiting times in A&E can be reduced. We agreed a number of actions at the trust and across the local area, which will improve healthcare and ensure that patients who need emergency care are seen quickly.

“We closed our investigation because we are confident that the trust is now taking the right steps to improve, and we expect to see it continue its efforts to speed up how quickly patients are seen in A&E,” he continued.

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