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139 patients left waiting at A&E

139 people were delayed before being seen, admitted, transferred, or discharged. Credit: PA

The number of Accident and Emergency patients waiting over four hours for treatment has gone up at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The legal target time to admit patients is four hours, but a number of people had to wait for longer than this.

In the week ending the 10th of February :

139
were delayed before being seen, admitted, transferred, or discharged.
Credit: PA

As well as this, 13 visitors to the A&E department had to wait more than eight hours to be seen by a medical professional, and five people had to wait over 12 hours.

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth believes staff and patients are being let down by the SNP Scottish Government.

Behind these figures there are individual patients and staff are being let down by the SNP Scottish Government. With 15.4% of patients attending A&E having to wait longer than the Government’s own legal waiting time target of four hours to be seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharges demonstrates an NHS that has a chronic lack of resources.

NHS staff in our A&E departments work incredibly hard but they simply are not receiving the support they need to see and treat all patients within the targets set by this SNP Government. Cuts to out of hours services and a shortage of GPs means more people have to take themselves to A&E, putting more pressure on the service."

– Labour MSP, Colin Smyth