Scottish A&E waits at maximum stage in very last week of 2017

Scottish A&E waits at maximum stage in very last week of 2017
Emergency signScottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

the number of humans readies greater than 4 hours in Scotland's coincidence and emergency gadgets reached document excessive degrees inside the ultimate week of the yr.

The brand new weekly figures display that simply seventy-eight of sufferers throughout Scotland have been visible in the goal time.

This became nicely underneath the Scottish authorities ninety-five goals, and the bottom because the weekly figures commenced in February 2015.

In the equal week in 2016 there had been ninety-two.five handled inside 4 hours.

Image caption Health Secretary Shone Robeson stated it has been a “very tough” time

Health Secretary Shone Robeson advised BBC Scotland the modern day figures had been for the week finishing on Hogmanay, which was a “very tough” time for the fitness career.

She stated the wide variety of flu instances have been double the equal duration closing yr and this had induced “incredible pressures” for A&E.

Ms. Robeson additionally stated the freezing climate round Christmas had brought about troubles which had persevered to have an effect.

“There have been actual pressures however no matter that almost 8 out of 10 sufferers are nevertheless being visible, handled and discharged inside 4 hours,” Ms. Robeson stated.

“That is a massive success for the team of workers, given those wintry weather pressures.”

The Scottish Conservatives stated the trendy figures had been “not anything quick of a shame”..


In the week before Christmas, the figure for those being controlled within the four-hour target was eighty-three.3%, up from the previous record low of eighty-one.1% within the week before.

78.0% Target reached week ending Dec thirty one

83.3% Target reached week ending Christmas Eve

81.1% Target reached week ending Dec seventeenPAThe the latest figures,

for the week ending thirty-one Gregorian calendar month, show there have been twenty-five,865 attendances at emergency departments across European country. Of these, 5,686 weren't controlled at intervals the four-hour target. The statistics show that one,156 (4.5%) patients spent over eight hours in the associate emergency department. There were 272 (1.1%) patients WHO spent over twelve hours in A&E. The worst activity health board space was NHS Forth natural depression that saw simply fifty-seven.3% at intervals the target time. Greater port (71.1%), Lothian (76.2%) and Lanarkshire (76.8%) conjointly lost the target time in a few quarters of cases.NHS Grampians (87.9%), NHS Highland (87.6%) and NHS Wayside (87.3%) were the most effective activity ground health boards.

Analysis by data journalist Marc Ellison

With statistics, the devil is often in the details.

The latest share of weekly waiting time information is not any doubt stunning, with simply seventy-eight of patients across European nation being seen inside four hours - down 5 share points on the previous week.

But, dig a bit deeper, and you will realize matters in some areas is even worse.

For example, Forth Valley's casualty waiting rooms saw simply fifty-seven.3% of patients inside the target, down twenty-two share points.

That figure eclipses the 8-point drop on the previous week for NHS Highland and NHS Wayside, UN agency each remained among the most effective performers despite the massive fall.

One will go a step any, and additionally, investigate however every individual hospital fared between Christmas and Hogmanay.

Forth vale Royal's performance was down most (22 share points), Raigmore Hospital in Inverness was down fourteen points, and Indwells Hospital in Dundee was ten share points not up to the previous week.

But will this compare to the corresponding week from Dec 2016, I hear you ask?

Well, the comparison is not becoming.

Again NHS Forth vale heads the leaderboard with a thirty-six mathematical notation decrease (it was ninety-three in week fifty-two of 2016) within the range of patients seen inside four hours.

NHS Lothian and Lanarkshire fare a bit higher with variations of twenty share points and seventeen severally.

But one ought to note that the info for week fifty-two covers slightly completely different dates - twenty-five Dec 2016 to one January 2017, versus twenty-four to thirty-one Dec 2017.

However, considering the previous year's figures enclosed national holiday Day - on a daily basis that may be expected to examine a high range of alcohol-induced injuries in A&E - the decrease in patients seen in Dec 2017 is arguably even additional telling.

Case study - Allan Browne, A&E patient

Case study - Allan Browne, A&E patient


Allan Browne became amongst sufferers tormented by lengthy ready instances throughout the festive length. He instructed BBC Scotland he went to A&E on Boxing Day with a suspected fractured ankle after slipping on ice.

“When I went it in, it regarded no longer either busy, however, the girl at reception instructed me it is able to be as a lot as an 8-hour wait to be visible. Eight hours is a long term.

“She stated it changed into probable no longer damaged and advised me it changed into as much as me if I desired to cling approximately. I determined no longer to.”

“After every week of no longer being capable of sleep well due to the fact the ache turned into so sore, I determined I am going to need to pass returned to A&E to look if I can get an X-ray and simply see how long it takes.”

This time Mr. Browne noticed a nurse after approximately 3-and-a-1/2 hours.

“She instructed me that I had fractured my ankle and that I should not have been on foot on it,” he stated.

He believes the postpone in getting right remedy has lengthened his recuperation time.

He introduced: “I constantly listen to the excuse that that is a 'seasonal trouble'. But the season comes round every 12 months. Can't they put together higher for this? Can't they offer the extra body of workers?”

The situation elsewhere in the UK

Last month, BBC analysis of NHS information showed that fewer patients in Scotland were waiting longer than four hours in A&E than they did in 2012/3 in distinction to England wherever the quantity had over doubled.

It found England had a one hundred and fifty-fifth rise in long waits between 2012/3 and this year, up to 2.5 million a year.

Hospitals in Wales and European nation conjointly saw a rise in the amount.

In Scotland, the number of patients waiting over four hours fell by Sept. 11 to only over 100,000.