NHS Borders hits A&E target

Borders General Hospital
Borders General Hospital

NHS Borders is one of only five of Scotland’s regional health boards to meet the national target for accident and emergency waiting times in September, new figures reveal.

Standards introduced in 2007 state at least 98% of people in A&E should be admitted, transferred for treatment or discharged from hospital within four hours.

Official statistics show that across Scotland 94.8% of people were dealt with within the required time in September, down from 95.1% in August.

NHS Borders, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside, NHS Western Isles all met the target.

The remaining nine health boards achieved more than 92% compliance with the standard.