Stuart McMillan MSP has praised staff at the IRH after newly released figures show that the hospital A&E department is performing better than the national average for patient contact time.
Weekly A&E figures for week ending 25th September were published today, showing 96.4% of patients were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours from Inverclyde’s A&E department.
During the four hour period patients will be clinically assessed and undergo tests and treatment, before subsequently being discharged or admitted to hospital. The four hour period covers treatment and discharge/admit decision making.
This is compared to the average of 94.15% for hospitals in Scotland – which is the highest performance of all nations within the UK.
Commenting, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“Our dedicated NHS staff have been working very hard to improve the experience for patients in A&E. While weekly figures can show variations due to a number of reasons, core A&E performance in Scotland has remained consistently better than elsewhere in the UK for the last 17 consecutive months.
“At a local level, Inverclyde Royal Hospital is maintaining a high level of performance and is continually working to retain and build on this success to ensure patients get the service they rightly deserve.
“However, we know there is always more to be done, which is why health boards are continuing to implement the Scottish Government’s six essential actions. These initiatives aim to minimise long delays in A&E and assessment units by improving patient flow throughout all areas of the hospital and community.
“The SNP Government have also put record investment in place and increased staffing to help meet demand. This will help support health boards to maintain high levels of performance during peaks and troughs of activity.”