Swindon's hospital trust has been rated 95th out of 120 in the country by an NHS Data Tracker which measures whether trusts are hitting their targets.

Great Western Hospital's trust is failing to meet all of its targets, according to the latest data from NHS England and NHS Digital.

The Telegraph has ranked hospital trusts using the NHS data tracing system based on four areas: what proportion of patients are waiting more than 18 weeks for hospital treatment, how many A&E patients are waiting more than four hours to be seen, what proportion of cancer patients are waiting more than 31 days to begin treatment and how many patients are waiting more than six weeks for a diagnostic test.

Only one trust in the country has worse statistics than GWH for delivering diagnostic tests to patients on time.

Just under half the patients (49.9%) needing a diagnostic test received one within six weeks while the national average is 74%.

When it comes to waiting lists, only 60% of GWH patients are treated within 18 weeks when the national target is 92%.

Nationally, the picture is not much better with just 63% of patients receiving treatment in the 18 week window.

The Swindon hospital does better with A&E waits - although its statistics are not near the 95% target. 

At GWH, 77% of patients have been seen within four hours whereas nationally those levels are lower at 72%.

And GWH is close to the national target for cancer treatment and is doing better than the national average. 

The NHS target is for 96% of patients diagnosed with cancer to start treatment within a month. GWH is at 94% while the national average is 92%.

Ambulances are supposed to respond to Category 2 emergencies within 18 minutes but the average time for South Western Ambulance Service is one hour and 10 minutes.

The Telegraph ranked GWH 95th out of the country's trusts and explained the methodology.

"We combine this data for each trust by calculating how far they are from target, resulting in an 'average target divergence' figure.

"Trusts with a higher average divergence from target are ranked lower than trusts with a lower average divergence from target."

How GWH responded

A spokesperson for GWH's trust said: “The Covid-19 pandemic, and other increased pressure upon the NHS, have presented considerable challenge over the past few years which has resulted in higher demand for urgent and emergency care services and longer waiting lists than have ever been experienced before.

“Despite this, we are working hard to reduce waiting times for treatment, with 273 fewer people waiting over 18 months than this time last year.

"The national Elective Recovery Plan published in early 2022 sets out two key Referral to Treatment targets to achieve this financial year; to have no patients waiting longer than two years, which we have achieved, and to eliminate waits of over 18 months by April 2023.

"We are working hard to achieve this, and currently have the lowest number of patients waiting over 18 months across all Trusts in the South West.

"We are also running services for longer hours so we can offer more appointments, and are working with partner organisations to get patients the right care in the right place.

“Our new Co-ordination Hub, which is made up of clinical staff, therapists, patient flow teams, the site team and social care, is working to provide better community support to patients at home, so they don’t need to come to hospital, and to ensure every patient is discharged as promptly and as safely as possible, so we can free up more bed capacity for other patients waiting for treatment.

“This work is supported with some of the Trust’s new site developments which are all designed to improve the care provided in bigger and more efficient space, such as the new Urgent Treatment Centre that opened to the first patient this week.”