Belford Hospital meeting targets even in ‘busy week’

Belford Hospital’s accident and emergency department in Fort William is one of Scotland’s top 10 hospitals for meeting waiting time targets, figures show.

95.3 per cent of patients were seen, treated, discharged or admitted within four hours, according to the latest figures.

The figures for the first week of 2018 were collated by the information services division of NHS National Services Scotland.

They show there were 170 attendances with eight people having to wait more than the four-hour target.

Anne Boyd-Mackay, the hospital’s rural general manager, said: “It's great to see that the team has continued to perform so well.

"It's been an incredibly busy time for them.

"The high number of people we are seeing coming to A&E at the moment is similar to figures we normally see in the summer when the local population swells to around 50,000 because of holidaymakers and tourists.

"So they are doing a great job in challenging circumstances.”

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