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A&E performance

Published: 23 Feb 2016 09:45
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Latest weekly figures published.

Performance figures published today show that during the week ending 14 February, 90.0 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at 'core' A&E departments in Scotland.

This is three percentage points higher than the same week of 2015 when 87.0 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

When comparing this winter to last, performance over the ten-week period to 14 February, improved by more than five percentage points – from 86.5 per cent during the winter of 2014-2015 to 92.1 per cent in 2015-2016.

In the last ten weeks to 14 February national performance has dipped below 90 per cent on only one occasion; in the same period the previous year national performance dipped below 90 per cent on nine out of the ten weeks.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Today's figures reflect a busy and demanding time for our NHS, as we would expect at this time of year. I want to thank the dedicated staff working across our health service to deliver care and ensure this winter's A&E performance has seen a real improvement on last year.

"Of course, 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.

"That was particularly the case with these figures, where several sites dealt with high levels of demand. We have been clear with health boards that they need to quickly recover from any dips in performance and we are working closely with them to make that happen.

"These figures need to be seen in the context of an improving picture on A&E performance. Indeed, 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 in place the strong fundamentals to maintain performance across our NHS, including record investment and increased staffing.

"We have also invested an additional £10.7 million to help ease pressure 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:

Weekly A&E waiting time figures:

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 14 February 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: