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Accident and Emergency Waiting Times

Current National Performance

In April 2019, 89.9 per cent of patients waited less than 4 hours.

LDP Standard

95 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for A&E treatment. Boards to work towards 98 per cent.

Accident and Emergency Waiting Times LDP Standard

Why is this LDP Standard important?

95% of all A&E patients should be admitted, discharged or transferred within four hours of arrival at an A&E department across NHS Scotland (including Minor Injury Units).  This standard is seen as a milestone towards returning to the 98% standard.  This is necessary to ensure that all patients receive the most appropriate treatment, intervention, support and services at the right time, in the right place by the right person.

Although the standard is measured in the Accident & Emergency Department, Health Boards are required to ensure best practice is installed throughout the whole system, including health and social care, supporting joined up work to address wider issues of patient flow through each hospital that will safeguard the timely access to services across the patient’s journey and ensure the whole NHS system works together effectively.

How are we performing?

The standard is for 95 per cent of patients to wait no longer than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for A&E treatment with boards to working towards 98 per cent.

In April 2019, 89.9 per cent of patients waited less than 4 hours.

The graph below shows national performance on the 4 hour A&E standard since January 2017.

June 2019 AE

NHS Board level performance is shown for the most recent time period in the table below.

The table below shows the percentage of patients in A&E seen within 4 hours, by NHS Board, for April 2019.

NHS Board

April 2019

NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

87.4%

NHS BORDERS

95.0%

NHS DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

93.1%

NHS FIFE

94.7%

NHS FORTH VALLEY

92.0%

NHS GRAMPIAN

93.7%

NHS GREATER GLASGOW & CLYDE

86.4%

NHS HIGHLAND

95.0%

NHS LANARKSHIRE

88.2%

NHS LOTHIAN

87.5%

NHS ORKNEY

92.0%

NHS SHETLAND

95.7%

NHS TAYSIDE

96.2%

NHS WESTERN ISLES

99.1%

NHSSCOTLAND

89.9%

Source: A&E2 data mart, ISD Scotland

 

Is any other related information available?

ISD Scotland publishes a release which contains weekly activity and waiting times statistics for the 30 Emergency Departments in Scotland which provide a 24 hour emergency medicine consultant led service. Users are advised to view these statistics as providing a useful insight on activity levels, which when taken together with ISD’s monthly report, provide a balanced package of timely and comprehensive statistics.

The most recent report showed that over the week ending 23:59 on Sunday 2nd June 2019 –

  • There were 28,363 attendances to Scotland’s 30 Emergency Departments.
  • The proportion of attendances to those 30 Emergency Departments that were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours was 88.6%.

 

Please note that the monthly and weekly figures are not directly comparable. The 4 hour Accident and Emergency waiting time Standard relates to all sites that carry out accident and emergency activity in Scotland. This includes the 30 Emergency Departments as well as Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) and other facilities. The weekly figures however are based on only the 30 Emergency Departments and not the Minor Injuries Units.

Further information on the weekly activity and waiting times statistics is available via the following link:

www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Health/Publications/AEweeklyIntro

Further Information

The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland

Accident & Emergency Waiting Times statistics

Related National Outcomes