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    NHS Forth Valley apologises over long A&E waiting times

    Written by on October 20, 2021

    It’s been revealed just 41% of A&E patients across the Forth Valley were seen within four hours in the first week of October.

    The health board has apologised for the low figures.

    The Scottish Government target is for 95% of patients to be treated within four hours of arrival.

    NHS Forth Valley says staff are doing “everything possible” in a bid to reduce delays.

    A spokeswoman for the health board said: “As a result, some patients may have to wait for longer periods of time in the emergency department until an inpatient bed becomes available.

    “Staff are doing everything possible to reduce delays and we would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has experienced a longer wait to be seen at this very challenging time.”

    “Many patients will undergo further diagnostic tests and start their treatment while they are waiting in the emergency department to be admitted to a ward.”

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