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A&E performance

Published: 1 Mar 2016 09:30
Part of:

First anniversary of weekly publication.

Figures published today show 93.5 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at 'core' A&E departments in Scotland during the week ending February 21. This is 3.5 percentage points higher than the previous week ending February 14.

This is also 7.4 percentage points higher than the same week of 2015 (week ending 22 February 2015) when weekly reporting began. During that week 86.1 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

Over a 10-week period to February 21, 2016, the national combined four hour performance was 92.1 per cent – around six percentage points higher than the equivalent period last year (86.4 per cent).

During the same period, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde saw performance improve by nearly 11 percentage points from 78.8 per cent during winter 2014/15 to 89.6 per cent this winter. During the week ending February 21, 2016, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's performance was 17.3 percentage points higher than the same week last year, rising from 75.9 per cent to 93.2 per cent.

Since December 6, 2015 core weekly A&E performance has been below 90 per cent on one occasion, compared to last winter, when over the same 12 week period A&E performance was above 90 per cent on one occasion.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"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, as we reach the one-year mark since weekly reporting began, it is promising that A&E waiting times this winter have consistently been better than last year.

"As the only part of the UK to publish figures on a weekly basis, we remain committed to providing an open and transparent health services for the people of Scotland.

"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.

"It is also promising to see the improvement made in areas such as NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, where performance over this winter is significantly higher than the same period 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 cut waiting times even further.

"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 invested an additional £10.7 million to help ease pressure on Scotland's NHS throughout the winter months."

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 February 21, 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: