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"The weekend of the census also saw a multiple shooting in Edinburgh that placed unprecedented pressure on the A&E." Figures released by NHS Lothian did show that during July, 85 per cent of patients attending the A&E were seen on time. A&E at the ERI is already the busiest in Scotland, which sees more than 44 per cent more people than the second busiest department at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow.

The survey showed only 65 per cent of patients were seen within the target time at ERI , followed by the Royal Alexandra and Western Infirmary hospitals in Glasgow region, where 72 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

This was followed by the Western General Hospital, at third position in waiting times where 23 per cent of the 666 patients attending A&E and minor injury clinics waited longer than four hours. Only four per cent of the 709 patients who were seen at the city's Sick Kids Hospital and 11 per cent of the 883 patients attending St John's Hospital in Livingston were made to wait longer than four hours.

Overall, 88 per cent of the 29,412 patients in Scotland were seen within the four hour target. In the Lothians, bed blocking is still a problem with the latest NHS figures showing that 70 patients were forced to remain in hospital longer than six weeks while a care home place was found for them.


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