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Border residents urged to stay away from A&E

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: Paul McMullin

Hospital bosses in southern Scotland are again urging people to stay away from Accident and Emergency units unless they need urgent treatment.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say emergency departments at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary are still facing significant demand and some of the worst winter pressures on record.

In a recent tweet, the Trust asked members of the public to consider all options of treatment before attending:

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A&Es performances in Cumbria remain above average

West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven Credit: ITV Border

The performances of A&Es in Cumbria have remained above the national average, according to latest figures by NHS England.

North Cumbria NHS Trust (NCUH), which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, was ranked 53rd out of 138 Trusts with a major A&E department in England.

The national average for Trusts was 85.7%. NCUH’s overall performance was 90%. The national target is 95% of patients being seen, treated, admitted or discharged from A&E in under four hours.

The Trust has been making some changes to strengthen clinical nursing leadership particularly in emergency care. We have remained above the national average 13 months consistently.

The entire staff are getting better at seeing patients more quickly and we continue to improve month to month. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated A&E staff who work hard every day to improve the services they deliver.

– Stephen Eames, Chief Executive, North Cumbria NHS Trust

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Waits are 'too long' in A&E departments across Scotland

Figures out today show that people across Scotland are waiting too long in Accident and Emergency units. In our region, the numbers of patients deemed to be waiting too long has doubled in the past five years.

The report, from Audit Scotland, says there are some signs of improvement, but as Matthew Taylor reports, there is still some way to go:

Report suggests A&E waiting times have increased

There are signs of improvement although waiting times have increased Credit: PA

The number of patients waiting too long in accident and Emergency departments in Scotland has almost trebled in the past five years, according to the latest report from Audit Scotland.

Last year, Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary's A&E department failed to meet the Scottish Government's target of 98 per cent of patients being seen within four hours.

Borders General did manage to meet the target in four months of last year.

Overall, waiting times have increased but the report's authors say their are now signs of improvements.

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Only go to A&E with genuine emergencies this Christmas

Health experts in Cumbria are urging people to use their local Accident and Emergency department only in a genuine emergency during the festive season.

The NHS in North Cumbria says winter sickness can put extra pressure on the service.

Patients are being asked to think twice before attending A&E or dialling 999 this winter.

An App has been launched to help people find the help they need.

New App launched to reduce Christmas A&E admissions

Health experts in Cumbria are urging people to use their local A&E department only in a genuine emergency during this festive season.

North Cumbria NHS Trust says winter sickness can put extra pressure on the service.

Patients are being asked to think twice before attending A&E or dialling 999 this winter.

An App has been launched to help people find the help they need.