Baillie on latest A&E stats from Royal Alexandra Hospital

The latest A&E performance statistics for the Royal Alexandra Hospital [RAH] in the week to 8th March have just been released. This A&E department had been put into ‘special measures’ by the Scottish Government.

Commenting in the latest figures for a hospital familliar to the many patients from Argyll who are referred to it for treatment, local MSP Jackie Baillie says: ‘More than five years have passed since the SNP last met their target of 98% of patients seen within four hours at the RAH.

‘These latest figures show that in one week alone more than 145 patients had to wait more than four hours for emergency treatment at the RAH. It’s clear that hardworking NHS staff are under intense pressure and the SNP have not done enough to deal with the A&E crisis.

‘Labour has a better plan for our NHS. We would use a UK-wide mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million to deliver £1 billion extra investment in our NHS over the next parliament. We would use our share of this money in Scotland to fund 1,000 extra nurses, many of whom will work in A&E departments.’

This is party politics time, with the General Election a few weeks away now. Labour sees the NHS as a major battleground on both sides of the border; and NHS Scotland has serious deficiencies.

A&E is, by its nature, on the frontline in service and in this political conflict.

The stats

Over the week ending 23:59 on Sunday the 8th March at Royal Alexandra Hospital:

  • There were 1226 attendances at A&E
  • The proportion of attendances that were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours was 88.2%.
  • 145 patients (11.8%) spent more than 4 hours
  • 3 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours

The full statistics are available online here.

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  • Bailie States labour have a better plan for the Scottish NHS!!
    Does that mean she’s going to propose closing The Vale of Leven hospital again!
    Trouble with Liebour is that they have taken the Scottish electorate for fools.For that,they will be confined to history soon and be able to defect to the Tories,where they feel most comfortable.
    Red Tories Out!!

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    Machmaolain March 22, 2015 9:05 am Reply
  • 1 It is a general election that is taking place not a Scottish election! Ms Baillie knows this.
    2. Less than 10 mins away there is the new Southern General being prepared for opening and will improve the service for the West of Scotland.
    Re the RAH with the infamous picture of Murphy pointing away from the hospital with Alexander looking on unhappily trying to look important the RAH was saved from cuts when Andy Kerr demolished NHS Argyll and Bute and handed over the Vale in a disgraceful state and he further planned to close the A&E, not only there but Dunoon, Monklands and Ayr Hopsitals. Not surprisingly Kerrs own constituency was free from harm!
    Bailliie knows this as she bag carried for Douglas Alexander’s twin to Holyrood every day. She has done well as all the friends she has acquired like Lamont have fallen on the sword. If nothing else Ms Baillie is a survivor.
    Personally after the bad winter we have had with illnesses the fact that some people had to wait longer than the target … So what? If someone has stubbed their big toe is about to be seen and a heart attack victim arrives. Too bad the stubbed toe waits.
    So let the Labour Party get confused over the election they are supposed to be fighting. There record in disbanding NHS Argyll and Bute is one of dishonour and deceit.
    The hatchet men and women who cut up NHS Argyll and Bute are long gone. Some are still in the Labour Party.
    For Argyll there is an election coming up … is Mary Galbraith taking responsibility for her part in the downfall of NHS Argyll and Clyde? I also thought she was the candidate rather than Baillie for the election
    I must have been mistaken.
    UK General Election , European election Scottish Parliamentary Election, local authority elections.
    Time you knew what election is which.
    As Del Boy would say “plonkers”.

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    No Cheese Here March 22, 2015 9:15 am Reply
    • I don’t think that by reducing the number of beds with the move to the new southern general hospital would be classed as an improvement in service

      Or that the helicopter landing pad cannot take the weight of some of the helicopters used for emergency transfers

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      Steven March 22, 2015 7:13 pm Reply
      • Try finding somewhere for the employees to park or even public transport for them to get to work.

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        richard March 22, 2015 8:44 pm Reply
  • Wonders of technology.

    Spoke to someone in the know..

    Some drunks are left to sober up if there is no obvious injuries. Not sure if they are labour supporters and have complained to Baillie? Maybe Mary needs their votes and both her and Baillie are getting worried.

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    No Cheese Here March 22, 2015 9:29 am Reply
  • If bailie is saying this it must be LABOUR PROPAGANDA

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    wishart March 22, 2015 9:33 am Reply
  • Jackie Baillie is ramping up the rhetoric over the Vale hospital and the RAH while drawing a veil (see what I did there) over the fact that it was Labour that created this structure and tried to close the hospital in Alexandria (along with the A&E at Monklands that Murphy stood outside trying to persuade us that the NHS was safe in labour hands). It was the then Health Secretary, one Nicola Sturgeon, who stepped in to safeguard much needed services.
    The last time Labour (with the lib dems) git their hands on the NHS in Scotland, they introduced PFI. That unholy mess continues to drain health and education budgets years after they left office and will continue to do so fir more years to come. We will end up paying up to 10 times the original cost of the building.
    Is the NHS under pressure? Of course it is. With the current squeeze on budgets with austerity and the further projected cuts to come from both tories and labour (lib dems are irrelevant now), it isn’t going to improve much. However, despite labour talking down the NHS and talking up the problems, it will be interesting to see if slab can make a devolved issue into a scottish General Election issue.
    And really looking forward to ‘Callaghan’ day and Labour wearing black armbands to commemorate the vote of no confidence in his government. Of course the tartan tory jibe is one of the few policies (surely some mistake) they have left in their box of tricks. Of course Callaghan’s own view is being wiped from the memories in a Stalinesque fest of propaganda. How much more of this tripe can we endure.

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    richard2 March 22, 2015 11:39 am Reply
  • Is this lady whose party supports privatisation.

    Or is it the ladyv who comes from a party that has senior members like Alidair Darling who earns tens of thousands on the side for making a few speeches on behalf of a big private healthcare company.

    What an absolute waste of time this lady’s utterances are.


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    Willie March 22, 2015 6:37 pm Reply
  • My wife burnt her foot a few weeks ago and I took her to the Vale . It wasa Sunday at She was out in 40 minutes. Each day she returned to have the injury dressed. It was even quicker.

    The Health Boatd should bus minor injuries patients to the Vale in times of pressure and they’d be seen well within Four hours including travel time. Sorted!

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    Graeme McCormick March 22, 2015 8:05 pm Reply
  • As a recent patient in most of the hospitals in the West of Scotland, I think I am quite qualified to answer this from the punters point of view.

    First of all, anything that supports bringing A&E back to the Vale of Leven MUST be supported, by everyone in the political spectrum. There is a stretch of A82 between Milton and Bowling that makes this necessary. Roadworks or an accident in this stretch of road makes the whole of Dumbarton choke up and the place comes to a standstill. Ambulances can’t get through, let alone anything else. If it were you, would you want your loved one stuck on the A82 in the back of an ambulance with beleaguered but thank goodness we have them, Paramedics doing everything they can with their limited equipment? I was such a loved one recently and I thank my lucky stars there was no such delay in getting me over the river, there’s more than a good chance I would not be here typing this today.

    Another issue with this stretch of road is for getting ambulances on the way back from RAH to attend more emergencies, if the A82 is blocked up the other way as it takes no time to back up to Erskine – even something as simple as sunshine does that easily as half of Glasgow heads up the West Coast.

    Review of hospital staff in the 4 hospitals I have been in over the last couple of months – Superb. Everything to be proud about in the NHS. Doing a difficult job whilst being overstretched in every imaginable way. Every ward is full to choking. Patients are being sent home as soon as humanly possible and the beds filled as soon as they’ve been cleaned.

    There are a number of causes:

    Patients are being sent from hospitals all over Scotland to receive specialist care which they can’t get in hospitals closer to home.

    Patients being held in hospital because care packages are not being put in place quickly enough by agencies like Social Work etc.

    A&E departments not being available in more local hospitals.

    This list goes on…

    However, the answer to alleviate the RAH’s particular problem, is to re-open A&E services at the hospitals that now feed it. Its quite simply an overload problem. Too much of the population have to report there.

    I mean no disrespect to the fabulous RAH – Alexandria Paramedics and the RAH saved my life, but this is a service quite clearly at breaking point.


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    Crazy She-Bat March 22, 2015 9:36 pm Reply
  • Woah!

    Story is out and on the same day is buried by another 7 stories or so. Obviously FA not happy with the responses?

    As for having A& E services everywhere in today’s economic climate however wished for it is unlikely.

    How much for a fully manned A&E working continuously?

    Mind you maybe Argyll and Bute Council could sell Toward ( they obviously have money to waste) and with the money saved support such a scheme!
    Unfortunately either wish ain’t going to happen.

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    No Cheese Here March 23, 2015 7:35 am Reply
  • Having never experienced waiting in A&E for myself I have to congratulate the staff in all departments of all hospitals and I am a regular (6month appointment) in normal outpatients. I am not privy to the break down of the figures of the type of ’emergencies’ that are dealt with in A&E but I am sure many of the people go to A&E because they are unable to get an appointment with their local GP. I have been told by a number of people that if they have a problem they use A&E as their first port of call because their GP is not available ‘out of office hours’ -I believe that a lot of ‘A&E’ problems could be solved by the GP and would certainly help relieve some of the pressure at A&E. I realise that it will not alleviate all the problems but we must change peoples idea that A&E is there for anything that you cannot get from your GP. Drunks and fights have always been a problem at A&E and I don’t suppose that will change but if a drunk has to wait more than four hours then that is just tough and unless there are serious injuries from fighting then the same applies – it is after all self inflicted. There are too many people willing to blame anyone but themselves for the predicament they find themselves in and it only puts pressure on the ‘system’ which they could do without and expect the hard working doctors and nurses to sort them out. We need a culture check on how we behave and revert back to looking out for ourselves more and not expect others to clear up the mess we make. Finally on a broader note if the NHS simplified the way in which it works,which appears to be manager top heavy the sooner the system may right itself, I don’t know the figures but I would guess that the ratio of nurses/doctors to patients today is less that that ratio when Matron ran the wards. Maybe that is telling us something too.

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    mike March 23, 2015 9:06 am Reply
  • Jackie Baillie says
    “‘More than five years have passed since the SNP last met their target of 98% of patients seen within four hours at the RAH.”
    98% wow
    Under the Labour /Libdem administration at Holyrood, 1999 to 2007, 90% was never achieved and 98% was never considered as achievable”
    Record keeping was almost discouraged so as not to reveal their failings.

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    keitho March 23, 2015 11:14 am Reply

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