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FIGURES show 92.5pc of patients attending A&E at Galloway Community Hospital were dealt within inside the official four-hour target. The statistics come from Public Health Scotland and relate to the week of July 12. Emma Harper, South Scotland SNP MSP, has commended hard-working NHS staff. Miss Harper, who has kept her own nurse registration up to date, said: “The latest weekly A&E waiting times figures show that for the week ending 12 July 2020, 96.5pc of patients were seen and treated within four hours at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary and 92.5pc were seen and treated within four hours at Galloway Community Hospital. This is thanks to the ongoing hard work and dedication of staff in NHS Dumfries & Galloway. “As we move towards carefully and gradually resuming NHS services which were paused as a result of Covid-19, we've launched the ‘Should you go to A&E?' campaign to remind people that emergency departments remain open for those who need immediate or emergency care but that for those with less urgent concerns alternative treatment options are available which are often more convenient and closer to home. "These include contacting your GP , or NHS24 on 111 out of hours, visiting a local pharmacy or NHS Inform online will provide advice and direct people to the most appropriate service. “Do not ignore early warning signs of serious conditions - if you have new symptoms then it's vital you get this checked out.”

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