95% of A&E patients treated within 4 hours


CORE A&E departments across Scotland saw and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged 95.4% of patients within four hours during the week ending July 12.

The figures published today show the best performance since weekly reporting began in February, with a rise of more than nine percentage points over this time.

All boards treated nine out of 10 patients within four hours, with 13 out of the 14 health boards treating around or more than 95% of people in this timeframe.

Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed today’s figures and thanked the efforts of hardworking NHS employees in reaching a 95% performance rate.

Ms Robison said: “It is extremely promising that our core A&E departments are seeing and treating 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

A&E waiting times were generally low
A&E waiting times were generally low


“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.

“It is also good to see that every health board in Scotland treated nine out of 10 people within four hours, with 13 treating around, or more than 95%. In addition, long waits continue to remain low.

“We now need to maintain this improvement and continue to achieve 95 per cent nationally throughout the summer to ensure that all health boards are in an optimum position as we head in to this winter.

“While this improvement in performance is welcomed, we know that there is always more work to do on A&E performance.

“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 and the new six essential actions approach to improving unscheduled care.

“Through these measures we have created strong foundations to ensure our NHS continues to deliver for the people of Scotland.

“With this in place, as well as hard working and dedicated staff in post, I am confident we will continue to maintain and build on this improvement in performance.”