Government praises Galloway NHS staff

Health Secretary Shona Robison has praised staff in NHS Dumfries & Galloway for treating 96 per cent of Accident & Emergency patients within four hours.

A&E figures for the month of January show core A&E departments in NHS Dumfries & Galloway treated 96 per cent of people within four hours – far exceeding the national average of 85.4 per cent.

As well as the monthly A&E waiting times figures, the first weekly publication of A&E waits at core sites were also published today. These figures will be available on the new NHS Performs website.

The weekly figures show that NHS Dumfries & Galloway treated 95.4 per cent of patients within four hours between February 16 to 22 at its core A&E sites. This is again well above the national average of 86.1 per cent.

Ms Robison said: “Staff in NHS Dumfries & Galloway are continuing to do a fantastic job to treat people as quickly as possible. This winter has been a very challenging time with record number of attendances across Scotland and more people being admitted with complex illnesses.

“It is promising to see that NHS Dumfries & Galloway is treating around 96 per cent of people within four hours, with their waits both for the month of January and the week of February 16 to 22 being well above the national average.

“Of course, there is always more to be done. This is why in January we also committed £100 million specifically to help health boards and local authorities tackle delayed discharge. This is both good for the patient and frees up beds to help people move out of A&E and through the system.

“This comes on top of our substantial, £50 million investment in an unscheduled care action plan, which has seen increased staffing – particularly amongst emergency department consultants - and on-going improvement in the system.

“This funding as well as the roll-out of a new collaborative approach to unscheduled care across Scotland will work to minimise long waits in A&E as well as look to ensure best practice is installed throughout the hospital system, supporting joined up work across health boards to address wider issues of patient flow through hospital.

“As we move towards the integration of health and social care in April, these are the right steps to take and I am determined to work with all health boards across the country to improve performance and ensure waits are brought down for patients. Our targets are rightly the most challenging in the UK but it means we need to work even harder to meet them.”

Staffing levels in NHS Dumfries and Galloway have risen by 6 per cent under this government, an increase of 197.1 whole time equivalent posts.