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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13665: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the increase in the number of people attending A&E over the winter months, particularly regarding orthopaedic treatments, what data is collected on the cause of visits, and whether they relate to falling or slipping on icy pavements.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 January 2018

During the week ending 17 December 2017 the weekly A&E statistics show that more than 29,000 people attended Scotland’s emergency departments. That was the highest since weekly reporting began in 2015. It was 12% higher than the previous week, and 15% higher than the comparable week last year. The rise being largely attributed by NHS Boards to slips and trips. Statistics will be available in March 2018 on orthopaedic procedures carried out by hospitals in an inpatient, day case or outpatient setting during December.