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A&E performance

Published: 22 Mar 2016 09:50

Publication of weekly statistics.

Performance figures published today show that during the week ending 13 March, 92.2 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at 'core' A&E departments in Scotland.

This is an increase of 0.9 percentage points on the previous week when performance was at 91.3 per cent.

Over a 10-week period to 13 March, the national combined four hour performance was 91.5 per cent – more than four percentage points higher than the equivalent period last year (87.0 per cent).

Long waits have reduced significantly over this 10 week period, with a 57 per cent reduction in patients spending more than eight hours and a 62 per cent reduction in patients spending more than 12 hours, when compared to the same period last year.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

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

"Performance over the past 10 weeks is more than four percentage points higher than last year and this improved performance over winter is testament to the dedication of staff working right across the NHS and social care.

"While performance was better this winter, there were still peaks in demand which affected 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 13 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: