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Monthly A&E performance improves

Published: 3 Nov 2015 10:31

Third consecutive month with performance above 95%.

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

Performance figures published today show that 95.4 per cent of patients were seen within the four hour standard – the third consecutive month where performance has exceeded 95 per cent. September's performance is also 2.9 percentage points higher than the same month in 2014.

Also published today are weekly performance figures for the week ending October 25 when 94.0 per cent of patients attending core A&E departments, which are 24 hour, consultant led sites, were seen within four hours, down from 95.2 per cent last week.

Health Minister Shona Robison said:

"It is promising that, for the third consecutive month, 95 per cent of patients are being seen within four hours at A&E departments across Scotland.

"This is a strong position to be in as we head into winter and is testament to NHS staff across Scotland who continue to work extremely hard to ensure the level of performance is maintained and improved upon.

"The figures for the week ending October 25, show that across our 30, 24 hour, consultant led A&E departments, 22 had a performance of 95 per cent or higher last week.

"While performance at core sites for the week is three percentage points higher than the same week last year, we know weekly performance figures can fluctuate and that some sites are continuing to experience challenges. We are working closely with these departments to ensure immediate actions are put in place to minimise any disruption to patients.

"Winter will continue to bring extra pressures that affect performance, but the NHS has appropriate plans and processes in place to allow a prompt recovery. This year we have put in place further measures to help our NHS cope with winter. Our winter guidance for boards was issued two months earlier this year compared to previous years, and additional investment of £10.7 million will help ease pressure.

"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.

"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/

Monthly A&E waiting time figures for September show that 95.4 per cent of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours. Performance at Scotland's 30 core, 24 hour, consultant led A&E departments for September was 95.0 per cent.

Weekly A&E waiting time figures

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 25 October covers the 30 emergency departments in Scotland which provide a 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led service.

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