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A&E performance

Published: 5 Jan 2016 09:49

Four hour performance up to 96.1 per cent.

During the week ending 27 December, 96.1 per cent of patients were seen and either treated, discharged or transferred out of A&E departments within four hours.

This is an improvement on last week, which was 93.7 per cent, and on the same week last year, which was 91.5 per cent. It is the best performance for Christmas week in the last five years.

The figures, published by ISD Scotland today, relate to core, 24 hour, consultant-led A&E departments.

Monthly figures for November, also published today, which relate to all A&E sites, show a performance of 94.9 per cent against the four hour target. This is the best performance for November since 2011 and compares with 91.8 per cent last year.

During the four hour period patients will be clinically assessed and undergo tests and treatment, before subsequently being discharged or admitted to hospital.

Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed the statistics, and thanked NHS and social care staff for their hard work over the festive season.

"These figures show that our NHS and social care workers were doing tremendous work during Christmas week, and I thank them for their efforts. We are seeing a consistent picture of improvement on last year, which is encouraging as we head into the period when increased winter pressures are most substantial.

"NHS boards must continue to strive to build on these improvements, particularly as the NHS often faces particular pressures in January. We also know that performance can fluctuate from week to week at this time of year.

"That is why we will continue to work with NHS boards and support areas that are experiencing additional demand. The Scottish Government has invested an additional £10.7 million to help them this winter.

"All boards have put resilience plans in place to help them cope with the pressures that winter can bring. Our winter guidance to boards was issued two months' earlier than previous years to help them with this preparation."

Notes to editors

The Scottish Government has set an interim target that 95 per cent of people should be seen and either treated, discharged or transferred within four hours. The target reflects that, in a small number of cases it will be clinically appropriate for a patient to remain in the A&E department for longer than four hours. The target is set at 95 per cent to allow clinicians the flexibility to make that judgement.

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