Hospitals beat the clock when treating patients

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NHS Forth Valley and NHS Lothian are both beating the national average waiting time when it comes to Accident and Emergency unit admissions.

The Scottish Government wants 95 per cent of A&E patients to be seen within four hours, with the ultimate aim of 98 per cent of admissions seen in that same time frame.

Figures released this week for Scotland for week ending February 22 show NHS Forth Valley saw 96.2 per cent of A&E admissions within the target period while NHS Lothian saw 94.5 per cent of patients within the four-hour period. The national average is 86.1 per cent.

NHS Lothian’s February figure shows a significant rise from the 88.4 per cent recorded in January.

In NHS Forth Valley the figure was 86.7 per cent – up 5.6 per cent on December.

Shona Robison MSP, health secretary, said: “Staff in NHS Forth Valley and NHS Lothian are continuing to do a fantastic job to treat people as quickly as possible.

“This winter has been very challenging with record numbers of attendances across Scotland and more people being admitted with complex illnesses.

“Forth Valley NHS is also making improvements in reducing the number of people who are delayed from leaving hospital for longer than the recommended 72 hour period.

“Our targets are the most challenging in the UK but it means we need to work even harder to meet them.”