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Monthly A&E performance improves

Published: 1 Sep 2015 10:15
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More than 95 per cent of people seen in four hours.

More than 95 per cent of patients attending A&E departments across Scotland were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours during the month of July.

Performance figures published today show that 95.8 per cent of patients were seen within the four hour target – the best monthly performance since July 2013.

Figures for the week ending August 23 also show that more than 95 per cent of patients attending 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led A&E sites were seen within four hours, with performance at 95.3 per cent.

This is a rise of over nine percentage points since weekly reporting began in February. It is also 3.1 percentage points higher than the same week last year when 92.2 per cent of patients were seen with four hours at core sites, and over one percentage points higher than last week.

Health Minister Shona Robison said:

"It is extremely promising that our A&E departments are seeing and treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

"NHS staff have been working extremely hard to cut waiting times and deliver a first class service, and the figures published today are testament to this.

"We have moved on considerably in recent weeks, however, we know performance can fluctuate and I am clear that more needs to be done to continue to improve and maintain performance as we head towards next winter.

"In order to achieve this we have put record funding and staffing in place, and have shown our commitment to tackling delayed discharge through our £100 million investment, as well as through the on-going integration of health and social care. We have also issued winter guidance to health boards almost two months earlier than last year, to ensure they build in optimum levels of resilience capacity in preparation for winter.

"Health boards are also 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. Long waits in the week ending 23 August are also the lowest they have been in any single week since April 2014.

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

Notes to editors

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

Weekly A&E waiting time figures:

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 23 August 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: http://www.nhsperforms.scot