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Remains stable in mid-December
During the week ending December 20, 93.7 per cent of patients were seen and either treated, discharged or transferred out of A&E within four hours at core, 24 hour, consultant-led A&E departments – up slightly on the week before when performance was 93.5 per cent.
Performance during winter months can fluctuate as demand on the service increases, however, performance during the week ending December 20, is more than eight percentage points higher than the same week last year, when performance was at 85.5 per cent.
Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed today's figures and thanked NHS staff for their continued hard work, but added that more needed to be done to retain and build on this performance.
Ms Robison said:
"It is encouraging, as we head into winter, that we are in a relatively stable position with performance at our core A&E departments being more than eight percentage points higher than the same week last year.
"Nationally our core accident and emergency waiting times have been better than elsewhere in the UK for the last eight months.
"This is down to our hardworking NHS employees who have worked tirelessly to drive down long waits.
"However, I know there is still more to be done to retain and build on this performance, and support areas experiencing additional demands over winter so that patients receive the care they deserve.
"Over the past year we have rolled out our six essential actions for unscheduled care, which aim to minimise long waits in A&E and assessment units by improving patient flow throughout all areas of the hospital and community. Health boards are progressing well with the implementation of these key actions and this is reflected in today's figures.
"All health boards have confirmed they have resilience plans in place to meet additional demand over winter and I know they are striving to maintain this level of performance and continue to build on this progress.
"This is being supported through the additional investment of £10.7 million to help ease pressure on Scotland's NHS throughout the winter months. This is in addition to our winter guidance to health boards which issued two months earlier this year compared to previous years.
"If you do fall ill over the festive period, remember you can seek advice from NHS 24 through its free 111 number or the wide range of health advice on the NHS inform website www.nhsinform.co.uk, an out-of-hours GP, or the local pharmacy if your condition is not life-threatening. Using these services, rather than turning up at A&E, will keep our emergency departments free for those who really need them."
The full statistical publication is available on the ISD Scotland website: http://www.isdscotland.org/
Weekly A&E waiting time figures:
The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending December 20, covers the 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: http://www.nhsperforms.scot