Improvement in time spent at A&E
MORE than 1,800 people spent in excess of 12 hours in Welsh accident and emergency departments in August.
New NHS figures have shown that of the 90,036 A&E attendances in August, 76,247 (84.7%) were there for four hours or less, 85,305 (94.7%) for eight hours or less and 88,175 (97.9%) for 12 hours or less.
The Welsh Government wants no patient to be spending more than 12 hours in the unit from admission to transfer or discharge.
However, it was a better performance than July, when 2,168 patients were in the department for 12 hours or more, June (2,248) and May (2,350).
Meanwhile, the Welsh Ambulance Service recorded another positive set of figures in August despite an increase in demand.
Some 76.3% of all immediately lifethreatening “Red” calls received a response within the target time of eight minutes.
Performance ranged from 68.5% in Powys to 83% in Cardiff & Vale UHB, which meant all health boards managed to achieve the 65% target.