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A&E performance improves

Published: 8 Dec 2015 11:04
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Latest figures published.

During the week ending November 29, 94.6 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours at core, 24 hour, consultant-led A&E departments.

This is 3.8 percentage points higher than the same week last year, and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous week's performance.

Out of the 30 core A&E departments, 20 saw 95 per cent of patients within four hours during the week ending November 29, with all health boards seeing at least nine out of ten patients within this time frame.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Performance at our core A&E sites continues to remain stable as we head into December, with a slight increase on last week and an increase of almost four percentage points on the same week last year.

"This is reassuring and shows that our major A&E sites have good foundations in place for this winter. I would like to thank all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication when it comes to driving down waiting times.

"Despite the good progress made this year, there is no doubt that there is still a lot of work to do to further improve on A&E waits.

"We need to strive to maintain this level of performance and build on this progress, which will be supported through the additional investment of £10.7 million to help ease pressure on Scotland's NHS throughout the winter months.

"Our winter guidance for boards was also issued two months earlier this year compared to previous years, and boards are continuing to progress with our six essential actions which aim to minimise long waits in A&E and assessment units by improving patient flow throughout all areas of the hospital and community.

"We want to see long-term, sustainable change put in place in order to maintain a high level of performance during peaks and troughs of demand."

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 November 29, 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: