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    Forth Valley A&E waiting times worst in Scotland

    Written by on November 2, 2021

    A&E waiting times in the Forth Valley are the worst in Scotland.

    That’s according to new data from Public Health Scotland – which shows 51.8% of patients are being seen within four hours.

    That’s an increase from last week – but is still well below the Scottish Government’s target of 95%.

    Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has announced an extra £10 million in funding to tackle A&E waiting times.

    Yousaf said: “As part of the NHS Recovery Plan, we have invested £27m towards the redesign of urgent care to ensure people receive the right care, at the right place.

    “This will add to that work so our hospitals and A&E departments are not overstretched, if some patients can be safely and effectively treated elsewhere.”

    “Alongside the additional £10m investment recently announced to prevent delayed discharge and avoid hospital stays, this extra winter funding aims to ease pressures in A&E departments and minimise delays that patients are currently experiencing when they need urgent care.

    “Placing physiotherapists and occupational therapists in A&E will stop unnecessary hospital admissions so that, for example, patients with musculoskeletal conditions, chest infections, or those who have suffered a fall, can receive the right care quickly and advice on exercises to support recovery at home and in the community.

    “This is not only good news for our NHS, but also better for the public in giving treatment in the right place, so emergency care is available when it’s really needed.”