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A&E performance

Published: 8 Mar 2016 10:13
Part of:

Publication of weekly statistics.

Figures published today show 92.9 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 28.

This is six percentage points higher than the same week of 2015 (week ending March 1, 2015). During that week 86.9 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

Over a 10-week period to February 28, 2016, the national combined four hour performance was 92.0 per cent – around 5.5 percentage points higher than the equivalent period last year (86.5 per cent).

Published figures show that long waits have significantly reduced since weekly reporting began, with 74 per cent less stays over eight hours, and 85 per cent less stays over 12 hours.

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:

"As we have seen throughout the winter period, A&E performance will fluctuate from week to week and also from hospital to hospital. However, it is promising to see that figures for this winter show that waiting times have consistently been better than last year.

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

"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:

Last year ISD Scotland published weekly A&E statistics for the first time. Scotland is now the only UK country that publishes A&E data every week.

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending February 28, 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: