Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

La­nark­shire hospitals serv­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are reach­ing A&E wait­ing time tar­gets - but it is a dif­fer­ent story for those who are taken to hospitals in Glas­gow.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment show 96.3 per cent of pa­tients seen in La­nark­shire emer­gency de­part­ments are seen, ad­mit­ted or dis­charged within four hours.

How­ever, Greater Glas­gow and Clyde health board is fail­ing to hit the 95 per cent tar­get, with just 91.4 per cent seen in that time, the low­est fig­ure in Scot­land.

Pa­tients in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang can be sent to hospitals in both ar­eas.

Am­bu­lance staff are in­structed to take them to what­ever hos­pi­tal is quick­est to get to, de­pend­ing on dis­tance and traf­fic con­di­tions, usu­ally one in Glas­gow or Hairmyres in East Kil­bride.

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey wel­comed the fig­ures, say­ing: “Scot­land has had the best per­form­ing emer­gency de­part­ments in the UK for more than two years – which is tes­ta­ment to the hard work of our NHS and so­cial care work­ers.

“It is ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing that emer­gency de­part­ments in NHS La­nark­shire are ex­ceed­ing the four hour wait­ing times tar­get, with the lat­est fig­ures pub­lished show­ing that 96.3 per cent of pa­tients are be­ing seen within four hours.”

“Our NHS staff do vi­tal work which I per­son­ally thank them for – and we should al­ways cel­e­brate their suc­cess and con­tinue to sup­port their ef­forts.”

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