Accident and Emergency Statistics During the Period of Severe Weather

DescriptionAccident and Emergency Statistics During the Period of Severe Weather over the 2009/10 winter
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Website Publication DateJanuary 14, 2010

Accident and Emergency Attendances and Waiting Times During the 2009/10 Period of Severe Weather

These performance management statistics are being published ahead of the official statistics (which are due for publication by ISD on 23 February and 25 May) because of the severe weather and the public interest in these statistics. Weather conditions this winter have been particularly challenging when compared to recent years. December was one of the coldest months in Scotland since records began - and the coldest December since 1981.

This publication includes performance management information on the number of A&E attendances and performance against the 4-hour A&E waiting times standard.

The main findings are:

Week ending Sunday 3 January.

  • There were 28,200 attendances at core A&E sites. This is an approximate 7% increase on the same week last year.
  • 96.6% of patients waited no more than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment. This is comparable with the same week last year, which saw 97.0% performance.
  • Performance against the 4-hour standard in mainland Scotland, varied from 93.2% in NHS Lothian to 99.5% in NHS Borders.

Table 1: Accident and Emergency Attendances and Performance Against the 4-Hour Waiting Times Standard at Core Sites in NHSScotland for the Week Ending 3 January 2010

Week ending Sunday 10 January.

  • There were 26,040 attendances at core A&E sites. This is an approximate 2% increase on the same week last year.
  • 95.5% of patients waited no more than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment. This is comparable with the same week last year, which saw 94.5% performance.
  • Performance against the 4-hour standard in mainland Scotland, varied from 93.8% in NHS Lothian to 99.0% in NHS Borders.

Table 2: Accident and Emergency Attendances and Performance Against the 4-Hour Waiting Times Standard at Core Sites in NHSScotland for the Week Ending 10 January 2010

Key Notes

These statistics are derived from performance management systems and will be subject to further quality assurance before being released as official statistics. As such they should be considered as provisional.

The 4-hour A&E standard states that 98% of patients will wait no more than 4 hours from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer for accident and emergency treatment.

Further information on Health and Community Care statistics within Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/statistics/browse/health.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff - more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About