The Royal Alexandra Hospital Accident and Emergency Department has received praise from Paisley’s MSP George Adam following today’s release of its performance for the week ending 18th October. Not only did the department meet its 95% of patients being seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, but overall nationally the performance was 95.2%.
Commenting on the A&E Department’s performance, George said, “After some variability in performance for numerous reasons, the RAH is meeting the national performance target and all the staff must receive massive praise. Operating in difficult circumstances, our nurses and doctors on the front line work tirelessly to ensure people who need medical treatment receive it when it is needed.
‘I have been very heartened over recent months when reading the Paisley Daily Express’s letters page that so many letters have been praising care received at the RAH. To read reports from certain corners of the media and certain politicians, you could easily get the wrong impression and not fully appreciate the great work carried out by our hospital’s medical team.
‘Nationally, today’s figures also show that 14 departments recorded performance at 98 per cent or above – the highest number of sites in any one week since weekly reporting began. As we have seen before weekly A&E performance can fluctuate with figures varying week to week, especially as we head into winter, but I remain confident that staff at the RAH are working extremely hard to ensure the level of performance is maintained and improved upon. This will be further supported through the additional investment of £10.7 million that will help ease pressure on Scotland’s NHS across the winter months.
“In addition the Scottish Government has put record funding and staffing in place throughout the year, and has shown its commitment to tackling delayed discharge through our £100 million investment, as well as through the on-going integration of health and social care.”