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NHS Lanarkshire Missed Their A&E Waiting Time Target
NHS Lanarkshire have missed their latest A&E waiting time target by just under two per cent.
This is the third 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 August 7 show that 93.3 per cent of patients were seen within the time limit.
A total of 3698 people visited a Lanarkshire A&E department and 249 waited over four hours – with 11 waiting longer than eight hours and no-one waiting more than 12 hours.
At Hairmyres Hospital, 1165 people attended A&E there and 94.8 per cent were seen within the four-hour limit.
A total of 60 people waited more than four hours and three patients waited more than eight hours.
Wishaw General admitted 1208 people to A&E and 89.1 per cent were seen with four hours.
A total of 132 people waited more than four hours, while seven waited more than eight hours.
At Monklands Hospital, 1325 people went to A&E and 95.7 per cent were seen within four hours.
A total of 57 people waited more than four hours and one person waited more than eight hours.
Across Scotland for the week, 94.7 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.
Heather Knox, NHS Lanarkshire’s director of acute services, said: “While we have seen an overall improvement in unscheduled care, performance can vary depending on the number of people who attend A&E and the severity of their conditions.
“Our priority is always to ensure the safety of our patients and to provide effective care and treatment based on clinical priority.
“Our staff work hard to avoid delays and we regret any occasion where this occurs.
“We will continue to work together to reduce waiting times and provide a positive experience for our patients.
“The public can help us a great deal 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 the need to visit the emergency department.”