four-hour standard

four-hour standard

A NHS mandate/“target” for A&E/emergency department care, that all patients are to be seen within 4 hours of admission to A&E.
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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine strongly believes that the four-hour standard is a vital measure of performance and safety.
3 per cent of patients were seen within the Scottish Government's four-hour standard, below the promised 95 per cent.
We are pleased that we met the national four-hour standard and this is testament to a very big team e(c)ort by all of our sta(c).
Health minister Mike O'Brien, said: "This data shows that the overwhelming majority of A&E patients were seen within three hours, well within the four-hour standard.
Despite the pressures, Northumbria Healthcare has maintained the four-hour standard for 95% of A&E patients to be seen and treated during the last quarter of the year.