Staff working on emergency wards at Tayside hospitals have been praised for coping well with the festive demand.
Local A&E wards were expected to be inundated with patients on the week leading up to Christmas, which included “Mad Friday” – the last Friday before the big day, which is often when people go out partying.
However, of the 1,307 attendances at Tayside hospitals in the week ending December 23, just 44 people – 3.4% of the total – waited more than the national target time of four hours; much better than the national average of 11%.
Tayside health chiefs had embarked on a public awareness drive at the start of winter in order to minimise the potential impact on services caused by the cold weather.
Dr Julie Ronald, clinical lead for emergency medicine at NHS Tayside, led praise for the staff, commenting that the performance was “undoubtedly down to the dedication, hard work and camaraderie of the whole emergency department clerical, portering, nursing and medical teams.”
Dundee Health And Social Care Partnership chairman Ken Lynn said: “It’s incredible – I would like to pay tribute to emergency staff working over the festive season.
“To be seen in less than four hours is a great achievement and I think we should put more focus on the work emergency services do while under pressure.”
Dundee-based Labour MSP Jenny Marra added: “More than 96% of patients being seen at A&E within four hours is testament to the great work being done by NHS Tayside staff, in often difficult circumstances.
“It’s clear that, despite NHS Tayside’s well-reported problems, its staff are amongst the very best.”