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NHS Lanarkshire Poor Statistics
Hundreds of patients who attend accident and emergency services in Lanarkshire hospitals are being forced to wait more than eight hours for treatment, new statistics have revealed.
The new monthly figures released for May show 251 patients waited eight hours, with 106 patients waiting for more than 12 hours.
Wishaw General was among the worst results for May 2015.
April’s stats saw 215 people waiting for eight hours or more, and 65 for over 12 hours.
However, 91.7 per cent of patients were seen within the four-hour target for hospitals in Scotland, showing an improvement from April’s results, which saw 90.3 per cent of patients receive treatment within four hours.
This is still well below the Scottish Government target of 95 per cent, and puts the service as the third worst in the country. Only NHS Ayrshire and Arran, with 88 per cent, and NHS Greater Glasgow, with 91.6 per cent, had poorer records.
Hairmyres and Wishaw General were amongst the worst A&E results for May, with 105 patients at Wishaw General having to wait over eight hours, and 34 waiting for over 12.
Hairmyres service saw 145 people waiting for over eight hours, and 72 people waiting for over 12 hours. Monklands Hospital only had one patient waiting more than eight hours.
Heather Knox, director of acute services at NHS Lanarkshire, was happy with the improvement but knew more is needed. She said: “Clinical and managerial staff continue to work closely to enhance our unscheduled care performance and it is extremely encouraging to see our overall performance is improving. However, we are not complacent and we will continue to work hard to reduce waiting times for our patients.
“There is no doubt some patients are experiencing longer waits and we are focusing on how we can reduce these.
“Members of the public can help by ensuring they go to the most appropriate healthcare professional. There is a wide range of services available in the community that can provide treatment for many illnesses and injuries without coming to accident and emergency.
“The Know Who To Turn To section on the NHS Lanarkshire website offers good advice on alternatives to A&E.”