Kettering General Hospital is one of 14 trusts across England set to participate in a national pilot scheme to test proposed new access standards for urgent and emergency care.

The trial will involve testing four different standards aimed at ensuring patients in need of urgent or emergency treatment receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

They include:

  • Ensuring patients with the most critical conditions, such as stroke, heart attack, sepsis and emergency mental health care, receive the right treatment within the first hour
  • Measuring the time taken for patients to receive their first clinical assessment in emergency departments or urgent treatment centres to ensure their needs are met at the earliest opportunity
  • Measuring the time patients spend waiting in A&E departments (and mental health equivalents) to reduce the risk of harm through long waits
  • Increasing access to same day emergency care

The testing of the new standards is due to get under way at KGH and the other participating trusts around the country this month.