Waits cut for treatment at Larbert A&E unit

NHS Forth Valley is still not meeting its A&E waiting time targets
NHS Forth Valley is still not meeting its A&E waiting time targets

Patients attending Forth Valley Royal’s accident and emergency unit are waiting less time to be treated.

Latest figures show that over 96 per cent of those attending the Larbert hospital were seen within the four hour target – and no-one waited over eight hours in A&E.

The performance is the fourth-best in Scotland with the worst NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where a quarter of patients waited for than four hours to be seen.

Following poor performances in Scotland’s A&E departments, the Scottish Government now publishes them weekly.

One in 10 people waited longer than four hours to be seen in A&E departments across Scotland in October, November and December.

Welcoming the figures, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said: “These very positive figures for Forth Valley showing a strong performance in our A&E units are a tribute to the hard-working NHS staff who do such important work in our hospitals.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Forth Valley said: “Staff continue to treat people as quickly as possible and we welcome the improvement in the A&E waiting times. Not only is this excellent news but it is also a tribute to the hard work by our staff.

“However, we continue to face increasing demand and efforts are ongoing to reduce waiting times even further over the coming weeks and months.”

Although the latest statistics show the improved performance in A&E, elsewhere NHS Forth Valley is lagging behind in meeting the targets set by the Government.

It failed to treat 90 per cent of patients within 18 weeks, one of five of Scotland’s 14 health boards who missed the mark.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Health boards across Scotland continue to deliver some of the lowest waiting times on record. This performance was maintained as we headed into the challenging winter period last year, but we know we must do more to meet some of the rightly demanding targets we have set. Patients would expect nothing less.

“These figures showing that 97.1 per cent of inpatients and day-case patients were seen within 12 weeks, compared to the 85 per cent who were seen within 18 weeks during January to March 2007.

“However, much more needs to be done and we are committed to getting the right structures in place to ensure everyone is seen within the target time.”

She added: “I have made this clear to all boards and we will continue to work closely with them to help them deliver this.”