Excessive waits in emergency departments in Northern Ireland have decreased this winter despite more people attending for treatment, figures indicate.
More than 12,000 ambulance patients in England waited at least 30 minutes to be transferred to an A&E department last week, the highest weekly total of the winter so far, as health chiefs warned the worst could still be to come.
Staff working on emergency wards at Tayside hospitals have been praised for coping well with the festive demand.
Health leaders have warned that the NHS is “on course for a very difficult winter”, with one in 10 hospital trusts in England hitting capacity on at least one day last week and not having a single bed to spare.
More than 250 people were forced to wait 12 hours or more to be admitted, transferred or discharged at accident and emergency departments last month, the latest figures show.
Last month saw “stark” increases in attendances, admissions and waiting times in accident and emergency departments in England, figures show.
Almost 3,000 people have signed a petition against removing services from Perth Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department.
It is a fact of life that a trip to A&E usually involves hours of sitting around not knowing what is going on.
The performance of the A&E department at Ninewells Hospital has improved greatly following the festive period.
Injuries related to the cold weather and an outbreak of flu have been blamed for a dip in A&E performance over the festive period.
An elderly woman was rushed to hospital after tripping over her husband’s chair at a funeral.
A Dundee boy who broke his arm after falling at a park has made a plea to the woman who helped him to come forward.
Steven Brisbane, 32, of Soapwork Lane, was ordered to return to prison to serve the remaining 72 days of his licence and then jailed for 12 months and 14 weeks at Dundee Sheriff Court.
“Dundee used to be really behind the times in terms of getting people care. It was archaic.”
Visits to A&E departments across Tayside are expected to rocket in the next two weeks as the festive season gets well and truly under way.
The number of people being treated at accident and emergency for injuries caused by animals around Tayside has leapt up by a “shocking” 25% in the last three years.
A Dundee woman stormed into a city flat and bit a partygoer’s ear.
She hit out at doctors: “Don’t take my blood you vampires.”
A Dundee couple were robbed minutes after their new-born baby daughter was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.
Nearly 500 kids have been admitted to A&E departments around Tayside for alcohol and drugs misuse in the last two years.