Scotland’s busiest A and E performing well

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh’s Accident and Emergency is enjoying sustained success in seeing and treating people quickly despite rising numbers of attendances.

New figures show that A and E facilities in NHS Lothian are exceeding the Scottish Government’s performance standard of treating 98% of patients within four hours of arrival. The figures cover the period up until the end of March.

The figures were produced by ISD Scotland.

The board of NHS Lothian, meeting today (Wed, 28 May), will also hear a presentation from Dr Alistair Gray, a senior accident and emergency consultant, on the working systems in place delivering sustained success at Scotland’s busiest Accident and Emergency department.

James McCaffery, Director of Acute Services, NHS Lothian, said:

“For the fourth month in succession, hard work by staff has paid off in terms of our accident and emergency departments achieving the Government’s expected targets of seeing and treating 98% of patients within four hours.
“This is a fantastic achievement when set against a background of rising numbers of people attending A & E. The Royal Infirmary’s A& E is already Scotland’s busiest A & E by a considerable margin (bigger that Glasgow and Perth Royal Infirmaries put together) and we know it is getting busier. Despite these pressures, we are continuing to deliver fast treatment to an increasing number of people. We’re looking for the public’s help in continuing to deliver this high level of performance. “Please help us to deliver fast care to people in need of life-saving treatment by considering whether or not you need to go to A& E. We have a range of services, including minor injuries centres, and it may be better for you to use these options.”