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NHS Lanarkshire Miss Targets
NHS Lanarkshire missed their latest A&E waiting time target by just over three per cent.
This is the sixth week in a row the health board have failed to see patients within the government’s four-hour target of 95 per cent.
The latest figures for the week ending April 3 show that 91.5 per cent of patients were seen within the time limit. A total of 3890 people visited a Lanarkshire A&E department and 332 waited over four hours – with 35 waiting longer than eight hours and three people waiting more than 12 hours.
At Hairmyres Hospital, 1293 people attended A&E there and 92.3 per cent were seen within the four-hour limit. A total of 100 people waited more than four hours, 20 patients waited more than eight hours and one person waited more than 12 hours.
Wishaw General admitted 1290 people to A&E and 85.6 per cent were seen with four hours. A total of 186 people waited more than four hours, while 14 waited more than eight hours and two faced a 12-hour wait.
At Monklands Hospital, 1307 people went to A&E and 96.5 per cent were seen within four hours. A total of 46 people waited more than four hours, one person waited more than eight hours and nobody was there more than 12 hours.
Heather Knox, NHS Lanarkshire’s director of acute services, said: “Our staff work hard to avoid delays and we regret any occasion where this occurs.
"The challenge to meet the national target is not unique to NHS Lanarkshire and is experienced by acute hospitals across the country.
"What the statistics cannot show is the range of complex conditions that people present with and the impact this can have on waiting times.
"Our priority is always to ensure the safety of our patients and to provide effective care and treatment based on clinical priority.”