Emergency waiting times at the Vic beat national average

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

Health Secretary Shona Robison has praised staff in NHS Fife for treating more Accident & Emergency patients within four hours.

Waiting times figures for the month of January 2015 show Victoria Hospital’s A&E department treated 89.9 per cent of people within four hours – up from 87.8 per cent in December 2014.

That also exceeded the national average for core A&E sites of 85.4 per cent.

Weekly A&E waiting times figures, published for the first time on the new NHS Performs website, also revealed, in the week ending February 22, 88.2 per cent of people were treated within target.

Ms Robison said: “Staff in NHS Fife are continuing to do a fantastic job to treat people as quickly as possible. This winter has been a very challenging time with record number of attendances across Scotland and more people being admitted with complex illnesses.

She added: “Of course, there is always more to be done. This is why in January we also committed £100 million specifically to help health boards and local authorities tackle delayed discharge.

Staff in NHS Fife are continuing to do a fantastic job to treat people as quickly as possible

Shona Robison

“This comes on top of our substantial, £50 million investment in an unscheduled care action plan, which has seen increased staffing – particularly amongst emergency department consultants - and on-going improvement in the system.”

Ms Robison said joined-up work across health boards would also address wider issues of patient flow through hospitals

“As we move towards the integration of health and social care in April, these are the right steps to take and I am determined to work with all health boards across the country to improve performance and ensure waits are brought down for patients. Our targets are rightly the most challenging in the UK but it means we need to work even harder to meet them.”