Gordon Macdonald, MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that health boards across Scotland are to share an additional £9 million this year to get ready for winter, with NHS Lothian to receive £1,026,110. The funding is to support dedicated multi-disciplinary teams to improve patient flow in A&E, across the hospital and in the community.
Gordon Macdonald MSP noted that “By enhancing staffing cover over winter, providing the same level of discharging at weekends as midweek, and providing treatment in the community, patients will get the best care in the most appropriate place, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and freeing up beds and resources for those who need them most. We have seen an improvement in unscheduled care performance over the last year, with last winter seeing some of the best performance we have seen in a number of years. The Scottish Government has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensure that patients who need to attend A&E and Assessment Units receive the best treatment possible. It is also not by accident that Scotland has been performing better than anywhere else in the UK for over a year.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the funding during a visit to the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE). Respiratory illness is a key diagnosis in three of the top five A&E cases, accounting for 45,000 emergency bed days every year. Since 2013, the COPD unit at RIE has worked collaboratively to reduce the level of admissio