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Best June A&E performance since 2011

Published: 2 Aug 2016 10:01

Accident and emergency waiting time statistics published.

In June, Scotland's A&E departments saw and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged 95.7% of patients within four hours.

This is the best June performance since 2011 and the best monthly performance since July last year.

Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland figures published today show 139,300 people attended Scottish A&E services in June 2016.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"Today's figures show that Scotland's A&E departments are continuing to build on the improvements we have seen over the last year.

"It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of all our staff working in emergency units across the country that more patients are being seen more quickly when attending A&E. I am pleased to see that June's A&E performance was the best it has been since 2011.

"Nationally, our core accident and emergency performance has remained better than elsewhere in the UK for the last 15 months of published data, from March 2015 to May 2016. And we are continually working to retain and build on this improvement to ensure patients get the service they rightly deserve."

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

Also published today were performance statistics for week ending 24 July which show that at core A&E sites (24-hour, consultant led departments) 94.4% of patients were seen within four hours.

Monthly A&E performance statistics include figures from all A&E services across Scotland. Of these, 30 are classed as 'core' emergency departments - larger A&E services that typically provide a 24 hour consultant led service.

Weekly statistics look at Scotland's core A&E sites only.

The full statistical publication is available on the ISD Scotland website: http://www.isdscotland.org/

The figures are also available on the NHS Performs website: http://www.nhsperforms.scot