Forth Valley’s health chiefs pleased with target progress

Forth Valley Royal's accident and emergency unit ''Picture: Michael Gillen
Forth Valley Royal's accident and emergency unit ''Picture: Michael Gillen

Health chiefs are urging people only to go to a hospital emergency unit if they are seriously ill or injured.

In a bid to improve its A&E waiting times, NHS Forth Valley has asked patients to think twice before they turn up at the Larbert facility.

Across Scotland the NHS has been given a four-hour wait target for its emergency departments and since April 2013 has an interim performance rate of 95 per cent to meet.

Last week’s Audit Scotland report showed improvements on previous figures but said the service was still “challenged”.

In April 2013, Forth Valley Royal’s A&E performance was 83.8 per cent, but by the end of the year that had risen to 92.2 per cent.

However, officials said since then there has been an improvement, reaching 95.4 per cent last month.

A spokeswoman for the health board said: “The report covers a period dating back several years. However, our most recent figures show the vast majority of patients in Forth Valley are seen and treated within four hours. While this is a challenging target for all health boards across Scotland, over the last few months Forth Valley has met or exceeded the 95 per cent interim target and our performance since the start of the year has consistently been above the Scotland average.

“Patients can also help reduce waiting times by ensuring they only attend the emergency department if they have a serious injury or illness which requires urgent treatment.”