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Monthly A&E performance

Published: 6 Oct 2015 09:35
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More than 95 per cent of people seen within four hours.

More than 95 per cent of patients attending all A&E departments across Scotland were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours during the month of August 2015.

Performance figures published today show that 95.2 per cent of patients were seen within the four hour target – two percentage points higher than August 2014.

Also, figures for the week ending 27 September show that 95.0 per cent of patients attending 'core' emergency departments in Scotland were seen within four hours.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"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.

"This is the second highest performance we have seen in any one month since July 2013. Core performance for the month of August is 94.5 per cent and long waits over twelve hours have more than halved compared to the previous month. For the week ending 27 September, core performance is 95 per cent – nearly two percentage points higher than the equivalent week last year and an overall improvement of nearly nine percentage points since weekly reporting began in February.

"It is crucial, especially as we head into winter, that NHS boards work hard to sustain recent improvements. The Scottish Government will go on providing full support in terms of planning and investment for these efforts.

"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:

Weekly A&E waiting time figures:

The publication of weekly A&E waiting time statistics for the week ending 27 September 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: