Performance figures for emergency departments, by their nature, will always fluctuate on a day to day basis.
However, since our hospital modernisation programme, which saw the opening of the QEUH and new Royal Hospital for Children and the closure of four ageing hospitals (Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary, Royal Hospital for Sick Children and old Southern General), our monthly emergency department performance has consistently been above 90%.
The latest monthly available performance figures show a very positive 10% increase from 84% for December 2014 to 94% in December 2015.
Whilst this latest published weekly data shows a dip in performance we are pleased that the current performance across GGC remains consistently better than the same period last year. Our position this week shows that 6,518 out of a total of 7,269 patients were seen, treated and either admitted or discharged within the four hour target.
We are confident that all of the steps being taken at our sites will continue to see sustained improvements. This includes the development of acute ambulatory care units, services to support patients to return home at the weekend and close working with local authority colleagues to ensure people are discharged as soon as they are ready.
We are fully committed to ensuring that patients are seen, treated and either admit or discharge patients as quickly as possible and want to taken this opportunity to thank our hard working staff for all their efforts in delivering safe and efficient patient care.