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A&E performance

Published: 16 Feb 2016 10:00

Weekly figures published.

Performance figures published today show that during the week ending February 7, 91.3 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at 'core' A&E departments in Scotland.

This is 6.2 percentage points higher than the same week of 2015 when 85.1 per cent of patients were seen within four hours. It is also 0.9 percentage points higher than the previous week ending January 31.

Over a 10-week period to February 7, the national combined four hour performance rate was 92.6 per cent - almost six percentage points higher than the equivalent period last year.

During the same 10 week period, there has also been a 64 per cent reduction in patients spending over eight hours in the department compared to this time last year. For 12 hours, the reduction is 67 per cent.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Today's figures show an increase in performance on last week and on the same week of 2015, which is testament to the dedication of staff working right across the NHS.

"We know that in winter A&E performance can fluctuate from week to week and also from hospital to hospital as pressure on the service increases. However, it is promising that A&E waiting times this winter have consistently been better than last year.

"Nationally, our core accident and emergency waiting times have also been better than elsewhere in the UK for the last ten months of published data from March to December 2015.

"While performance has remained up on the same period as last year throughout this winter, we know there is still more to be done to retain and build on improved performance, and to make sure that patients continue to receive the care they deserve.

"We have put record investment in place and increased staffing to help meet demand through this winter period and are working closely with health boards to minimise any dips in performance.

"We have also invested an additional £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 in 2015 compared to previous years."

During the four hour period patients will be clinically assessed and undergo tests and treatment, before subsequently being discharged or admitted to hospital. The four hour period covers treatment and discharge/admit decision making.

Notes to editors

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 February 7, 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