Scotland’s NHS staff thanked for their hard work as A&E figures published
The number of people who have accessed A&E services across Scotland has seen a large drop since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Latest figures, for the week ending June 28, show that there was a total of 21,673 attendances in A&E departments across the country. Of this number around 95 per cent were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
Meanwhile, 60 patients spent more than eight hours in an A&E department while seven patients spent more than 12 hours in A&E.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman commented: “The latest weekly A&E waiting times figures show that 95.3 per cent of patients were seen and treated within four hours, while 95.7 per cent were seen and treated within this time frame for the month of May. This is thanks to the on-going hard work and dedication of staff in our NHS.
“As we move towards carefully and gradually resuming NHS services which were paused as a result of Covid-19, I want to remind people that emergency departments remain open for people who need immediate care but we would urge those with non-urgent concerns to use alternative treatment options available which are often more convenient and closer to home.
“These include contacting your GP practice, visiting a local pharmacy or NHS Inform online or calling NHS 24 on 111 who will provide advice and direct people to the most appropriate service.
“Do not ignore early warning signs of serious conditions – if you have new symptoms then it’s vital you get this checked out.”