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A&E performance

Published: 15 Mar 2016 09:35
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Latest weekly figures published.

Performance figures published today show that during the week ending 6 March, 91.3 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at 'core' A&E departments in Scotland.

Over a 10-week period to 6 March 2016, the national combined four hour performance was 91.6 per cent – more than five percentage points higher than the equivalent period last year (86.4 per cent).

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Scotland's A&E departments are outperforming the rest of the UK, as demonstrated clearly by figures published last week in England. Overall, this winter has seen a considerable improvement on last year.

"Waiting times started to recover around this time last year, so I would expect the margin that this year is better than last year to lessen over coming weeks.

"Nevertheless, the improved performance this winter is testament to the dedication of staff working right across the NHS and social care.

"But, as we have seen throughout the winter period, A&E performance will fluctuate from week to week and also from hospital to hospital.

"Peaks in demand are still affecting performance in some places particularly over the course of a single week. That is why we are clear that there is still much more to be done to retain and build on improved performance and cut waiting times even further.

"We have put in place the strong fundamentals such as increased staffing and record funding to help meet demand 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."

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 6 March 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.