Written Question on South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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Date Title Questioner
27 Mar 2018, 12:12 p.m. Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch) Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason hospital handover delays in the East Dorset operational sector of the South Western Ambulance Service were (a) 38 hours on 26 December 2017 and (b) 19 minutes on 27 December 2017.

Answered by Steve Barclay - Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Hospital handover performance is a matter for local National Health Service trusts. Data on handover delay times are not centrally collected in this format.

NHS Improvement and NHS England are taking a joint approach to reduce patient handover delays, including:

- improved monitoring and daily review of ambulance handover delays by national and regional winter operations teams;

- targeted assistance to hospital trusts to improve handover performance; and

- the issuing of revised, detailed hospital handover guidelines, focussing responsibility on the wider system to address handover delays, including clear escalation procedures.

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