The third lowest number of A&E attendances was recorded last month as Scotland entered a new lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
Public Health Scotland figures show there were only 93,829 attendances of A&E services across the country in the month ending December 31 2020.
The previous lows were recorded during the country’s initial lockdown to combat Covid-19 last April and May, with 65,117 and 88,614 attendances respectively.
Before the latest figures, November had been the third-lowest month on record when just 100,369 patients attended A&E.
Of those at A&E in December 2020, 86.4% were seen and admitted, transferred or discharged within the Scottish Government’s four-hour target.
There were 2,289 patients (2.5% of the total) who spent more than eight hours in A&E while 634 (0.7%) waited more than 12 hours to be seen.
Meanwhile in the weekly figures, there were 16,313 A&E attendances in the week ending January 24 2021 – a rise from 15,787 in the previous week.
Of those attending last week, 85.6% were seen and admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours while 380 patients waited more than eight hours and 116 spent more than 12 hours in A&E.
The lowest weekly total recorded remains the week ending March 29 last year when just there were just 11,059 attendances.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “It is essential to keep frontline hospital services operating within their capacity, but we must make sure people aren’t jeopardising their health for fear that there are no safe places to turn or that they will be a burden.
“It is important that people with illnesses or injuries unrelated to Covid-19 know that they can still get the help they need and that other urgent advice and medical treatment is still going ahead.”