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A&E performance

Published: 8 Sep 2015 09:46
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Weekly figures published.

During the week ending August 30, 93.9 per cent of patients were seen, treated and either discharged or admitted within four hours at core A&E departments.

This is 2.9 percentage points higher than the same week in 2014 when 91.0 per cent of patients were seen within four hours. Performance at core, 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led A&E sites, has improved by 7.7 percentage points since weekly reporting began in February 2015.

Commenting on the latest A&E performance, Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"NHS staff across Scotland have been working extremely hard to keep waiting times in A&E as low as possible. We have seen improved performance over the summer period this year, which shows when we look at the same week in 2014.

"This year, performance is nearly 3 percentage points better, which is good for patients and demonstrates progress in ensuring the whole system works together effectively.

"There has also been a marked improvement in the number of long waits compared to the same period last year – with the number of 8 hour waits reduced by half.

"However, as we have seen before, A&E performance can fluctuate with figures varying week to week. That means we need to continue to work hard on maintaining performance as we head towards next winter.

"In order to achieve this we have put record funding and staffing in place, and have shown our commitment to tackling delayed discharge through our £100 million investment, as well as through the on-going integration of health and social care. We have also issued winter guidance to health boards almost two months earlier than last year, to ensure they build in optimum levels of resilience capacity in preparation for winter.

"Health boards are also continuing to progress with our six essential actions which aim to minimise long waits in A&E and assessment units by improving patient flow throughout all areas of the hospital and community.

"We want to see long-term, sustainable change put in place in order to maintain a high level of performance during peaks and troughs of demand."

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication is available on the ISD Scotland website:

Weekly A&E waiting time figures:

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 30 August covers the 30 emergency departments in Scotland which provide a 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led service.

The statistics relate to patients who were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4, 8 and 12 hours.

The figures are also available on the NHS Performs website: