Fewest Scots seen within A&E waiting target since December

Just 81.6% of those who attended A&E in early July were seen within the four-hour target window.

Fewest Scots seen within A&E waiting target since December PA Media

Fewer Scots were seen in A&E within the four-hour target at the beginning of July than at any point in the previous six months, new figures show.

Statistics released by Public Health Scotland reveal that just 81.6% of those who attended emergency departments were seen and subsequently admitted to hospital or discharged within the four-hour period.

The Scottish Government’s target is at least 95%.

The figure, for the week ending July 4, is the lowest since the week of December 22, when it fell to 79.8% in the wake of a massive spike in coronavirus cases which would force Scotland back into lockdown on Boxing Day.

Broken down by NHS board, the figures vary from 70.5% seen within four hours in NHS Lanarkshire to 97.9% in NHS Orkney – although the latter included just 146 attendances at A&E.

The new low comes as recent weeks have seen a sharp decline in the number of people attending emergency departments.

Numbers dropped from 28,588 in the week ending June 6 to 26,080 less than a month later.