Ayr Hospital performing below national average

Ayr Hospital is one of the hospitals in Ayrshire and Arran with an A+E department.
Ayr Hospital is one of the hospitals in Ayrshire and Arran with an A+E department.

University Hospital Ayr is currently over 10 per cent worse than the nation average regarding the waiting time for patients in the accident and emergency unit.

The latest statistics show that the hospital was dealing with only 83.9 per cent of patients within a four hour time slot on the week of September 20, 2015.

“A&E performance is always likely to fluctuate from week to week”

The statistics measure the amount of patients that are seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

With the national average at 94.4 per cent this means Ayr is currently performing considerably lower.

The hospital has made a noticeable dip since August 9 when Ayr was at 97.2 per cent above the Scottish average of 94.5 per cent.

Since then it has dropped to the lowest it has been since May this year.

Liz Moore, director for acute services at NHS Ayrshire and Arran blames the rising wait time on a higher demand than usual.

She said: “Since August 2015, NHS Ayrshire & Arran has experienced a high demand for emergency services and we very much regret that a higher than normal number of patients have recently been delayed more than four hours in our emergency departments of both University Hospitals Ayr and Crosshouse.

“University Hospital Ayr continues to develop services for patients in line with its

Building for Better Care Programme, which includes a new Emergency Department due to open by March 2016 and a new Combined Assessment Unit in 2017.

“Hospital staff and partner organisations are working together to reduce any delays, and we apologise sincerely to patients who have experienced longer than normal waits in our emergency departments.

The news comes as Health Secretary Shona Robison publicly praised the work of Scottish accident and emergency departments.

She said: “A&E performance is always likely to fluctuate from week to week.

“However it is encouraging to note that performance is over one percentage point better than the equivalent week last year.

“There has been an overall improvement of over eight percentage points since weekly reporting began in February.”

“However it is crucial, especially as we head into winter, that NHS boards across Scotland continue to work hard to ensure that A&E performance is maintained and improved upon.

“The Scottish Government will go on providing full support in terms of planning and investment to support these efforts.”

“The level of improvement we have seen in Scotland this summer shows that while winter will continue to bring extra pressures that affect performance.

“The NHS has appropriate plans and processes in place to allow a prompt recovery.

“This year boards will be further supported through earlier winter planning.

“Winter guidance was issued two months earlier this year compared to previous years, and additional Investment of £10.7 million that will help ease pressure.”