More than 100 people waited too long at NHS Western Isles A&E departments in 2018, new figures released today (Tuesday January 8th)  reveal. 

Data published by ISD Scotland reveals that 102 people waited more than eight hours at Accident and Emergency last year.  This figure represents a 96.2% increase from 2017.

The Scottish Labour party said the figures evidenced the stress our health service is under, with overworked staff facing crowded A&E departments. 

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Regional MSP and Shadow Minister for Health said:

“Patients and staff in NHS Western Isles deserve better than this.

“I have been concerned about the pressures on the NHS for some time and these figures expose the scale of the challenge NHS staff face in delivering patient care and how badly they have been let down by years of SNP mismanagement of our NHS.”

Dr McKellar, NHSWI Medical Director, states: “The NHS Scotland standard is for 95% of patients to spend no longer than four hours in A&E, with Health Boards aiming toward achieving 98%.

“Staff at NHS Western Isles and the Western Isles Health and Social Care Partnership have been working very hard to ensure that these targets are not only met but exceeded.

“Due to exceptional increased rates of respiratory illness towards the end of 2017 and into the first few months of 2018, NHS Western Isles experienced increased levels of presentationat A&E, many of which required admission.

“This led to bed pressures, pressures on diagnostic functions, and on specialists whose input was required in many of these cases.

“The net effect was an increase in patients breaching the four-hour target.

“It is worth noting that despite this increased rate of attendances at A&E in 2018, NHS Western Isles met the 98% four-hour target in every month of that year other than March 2018 which saw 97.5% of patients in the four-hour target. In total this resulted in 98.5% of over 6,800 total attendances at A&E during 2018 continued to be seen within the four-hour target.

“The latest data available (as at November 2018) shows that the Western Isles Hospital A&E Department is the best performing in the country, with 98.8% of patients being seen within four hours.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our staff on the excellent job that they have done in ensuring that in spite of particularly challenging periods of increased levels of illness in our communities, they have ensured that patients have been dealt with promptly and safely.”

(ref:https://www2.gov.scot/About/Performance/scotPerforms/NHSScotlandperformance/AE-LDP)

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

Waiting over 4 hours

Waiting over 8 hours

Waiting over 12 hours

Health Board

Total

% change from 2017

Total

% change from 2017

Total

% change from 2017

Ayrshire & Arran

7718

9.9%

1938

48.4%

513

51.3%

NHS Borders

2424

31.5%

197

58.9%

57

67.6%

Dumfries & Galloway

3736

6.8%

370

132.7%

28

133.3%

NHS Fife

3881

-9.9%

230

-36.1%

25

-49.0%

NHS Forth Valley

12701

88.3%

1627

162.8%

453

277.5%

NHS Grampian

7428

29.1%

287

47.2%

20

100.0%

Glasgow & Clyde

42834

11.7%

3394

23.0%

303

20.2%

NHS Highland

3600

12.8%

194

29.3%

12

-33.3%

NHS Lanarkshire

18908

8.7%

1916

-11.0%

434

-18.4%

NHS Lothian

36799

144.7%

4332

99.3%

1060

136.1%

NHS Orkney

257

14.2%

3

-50.0%

0

-

NHS Shetland

278

16.3%

8

166.7%

0

-100.0%

NHS Tayside

2372

12.4%

39

-4.9%

3

200.0%

Western Isles

102

96.2%

1

-

0

-

Scotland

143038

35.3%

14509

44.8%

2908

60.0%