A&E waiting times in Borders hospitals improve

Pic Greg Macvean 17/04/2013, Peter Ross Notebook at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ERI in the Accident and Emergeny A&E Department, doctor, nurse, patient, hospital, NHS -
Pic Greg Macvean 17/04/2013, Peter Ross Notebook at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ERI in the Accident and Emergeny A&E Department, doctor, nurse, patient, hospital, NHS -

A total of 97 per cent of patients admitted to A & E departments in the Borders in March were seen within the four hour target.

Although below the 98 per cent national compliance target, the figure is the third month in a row that an improvement has been seen.

And the number is well above NHS Borders six year low of 93 per cent in April 2012.

The five A & E hospital departments include Borders General, The Knoll, Kelso, Hay Lodge and Hawick Cottage.

Borders MSP John Lamont said: “Despite having a higher number of admissions to Accident and Emergency departments in March it is encouraging to see that more patients are being seen within four hours.

“This is the highest percentage of patients being seen within the target time since October last year and means that NHS Borders is performing well above other health regions in Scotland.

“I know that many patients get extremely frustrated at having to wait long periods of time to be seen by a doctor, especially if their problem is deemed as urgent. It is great to see A & E waiting times being minimised and ensures that patients in the Borders receive the best care possible.”