NHS Lothian in seventh successive achievement on swift A and E treatment

MORE than 98% of patients at NHS Lothian’s accident and emergency facilities were seen and treated within 4 hours in July, according to a new report.

The achievement is the seventh month in succession that the key government target has been exceeded.

Staff attained a performance of 98.2% against the four hour standard. James McCaffery, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Lothian, said:

“I’d like to thank our staff in emergency treatment departments for their hard work in providing such a swift and effective service for our patients.”
 
The report will be presented to the board of NHS Lothian today (Wednesday, 24th September).
 
NHS Lothian made major investments in accident and emergency facilities last year, strengthening capacity to cope with rising numbers of people attending.
 
Investments included the appointment of “flow navigators” - special staff who help co-ordinate care for patients - and the provision of dedicated space for emergency nurses to see and treat people with minor injuries.

23/09/2008