FABIANI HAILS LATEST DELAYED DISCHARGE AND A&E WAITING TIMES

1381168_10152474081324078_2223178315899830874_nSOUTH LANARKSHIRE DELAYED DISCHARGE FIGURES DOWN 43% COMPARED TO 2014

Linda Fabiani MSP has this week welcomed new figures showing the number of beds occupied by delayed discharge has fallen.

Figures from ISD Scotland highlight an incredible reduction of 43% in bed usage as a result of delayed discharge in south Lanarkshire for May – an impressive drop of 1952 bed days when compared to the same month last year.

Hairmyres has also shown improvements in Accident & Emergency waiting times, with 96.2% of patients seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in the week ending 19 July.

Commenting, Linda said:

“Our NHS staff do an incredible job for which we should all be thankful for. These figures showing further reductions in delayed discharge are very welcome indeed, and the staff deserve the recognition for all their hard work for making these figures possible.

“May’s figures for South Lanarkshire saw a staggering 43% drop on last year’s figures and is far higher than the 9% fall seen nationally.

“The latest figures also show real improvements in Accident & Emergency waiting times, with NHS Lanarkshire sitting at 94.1%. Hairmyres is at 96.2% and the focus should now be on maintaining this standard in the weeks and months ahead. As I previously said, we cannot focus on just one week’s figures for an understanding of the overall picture, but the signs are good.

“The SNP’s commitment to our health service is second to none and the additional £383 million in frontline health spending in 2015/16 has meant Scottish health spending is now about £12bn for the first time ever. That commitment from the Scottish Government in protecting and improving the NHS is exactly why far more people in Scotland trust the SNP with our NHS than any other party.

ENDS

Notes:

Figures for Hairmyres A&E wait times can be viewed here: http://www.nhsperforms.scot/hospital-data?hospitalid=22

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