Just 81 per cent were admitted, transferred or discharged in the run up to December 17 - 14 points below target - and office workers were drafted in to help clean wards while GP surgeries opened on Saturdays to tackle backlogs.
In an interview for STV's Scotland Tonight programme, Sturgeon rejected suggestions the NHS was in a poor position.
An NHS Highland spokesman said: "The increase in the number of attendances at A&E is something we would expect to see at this time of year due to standard winter pressures".
As latest figures showed Scots flu victims has more than doubled from the same time a year ago and Ms Sturgeon said jab uptake had increased slightly, critics claimed Nats should have pushed vaccinations more.
"We had a particularly icy period of weather going into Christmas, these all have implications".
The First Minister later met call handlers at the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS 24 control centre in Cardonald, Glasgow, praising their "tremendous" work at a hard time.
But the Scottish Conservatives said the figures were "nothing short of a disgrace" and the Liberal Democrats said they should "shatter the SNP government's complacency".
Scottish Labour's shadow health secretary Anas Sarwar said: "Our hard-working NHS staff always deserve praise for the work they do, but they deserve more than praise, they need to be properly resourced to do their jobs".
However, Holyrood's opposition parties said the apologies were "not good enough", accusing Nicola Sturgeon and Ms Robison of trying to make up for a lack of action on the NHS with "warm words".
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The women's Rumble is set to consist of 30 competitors, just like the men's, but there aren't 30 females now on the main roster. Two stars from WWE's past have been contacted for the women's Royal Rumble match, while Paige may not be able to participate.
The duo, who secretly flew to Sri Lanka to ring in the New Year has now reportedly chose to get engaged on January 5. The cupid struck the duo when they were working for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela (2013).
The top rated programme for the week was the BBC coverage of the New Year Fireworks display on London's South Bank. Peaky Blinders has been a particular hit, clocking up more than 8 million requests so far.
It also brings an improved image signal processor and a secure subsystem for on device vault similar to secure enclave on iPhone. Samsung has started rolling out the Android Nougat update for its Samsung Galaxy C7 smartphone, as per a report .
The first male star set to join the eight female housemates in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother has been confirmed. Jess also hinted that she's open to finding romance in the house: "I am happy being single and doing my own thing".
That terminology typically indicates that the rocket's engines and navigation systems operated without glitches. SpaceX ended launch commentary five minutes into the flight, due to the classified nature of the US satellite.
He has the charges of attempt to murder, carjacking, extortion, snatching and under the Arms Act in Punjab-Haryana belt. Salman was escorted home in a auto by six cops, and asked to maintain a low profile for a few days, the report said.
The US Geological Survey said seven of the quakes struck near the Iraqi city of Mandali, 120km northeast of the Iraqi capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage caused by the quake near the western city of Kermanshah.
Dozens of the rescue boats were forced to retreat from dousing the tanker with foam on Wednesday due to an explosion. The Hong Kong freighter, the CF Crystal , wasn't seriously damaged, and all 21 crew members on board were rescued.
The all-new Nexo is part of Hyundai's "Hydrogen Life Vision", which aims to integrate hydrogen as a home energy source. Hyundai says it weighs less and takes up less space than the powertrain in the Tucson Fuel Cell .
The child has been admitted to a district hospital in Noida for medical examination. "The report is awaited", Pradhan said. Akhilesh Pradhan, SHO Surajpur police station, said that the accused returned to his rented accommodation next morning.
First look at Shah Rukh Khan in 'Zero'
Now, according to a report in Mid-day, Katrina Kaif spoke about the fact that she was offered the role earlier. The film further reunites the Jab Tak Hai Jaan trio of Shah Rukh Khan , Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif .
Huawei's AT&T U.S. smartphone deal collapses
Senate and House intelligence committees and was sent to the Federal Communications Commission dated December 20, 2017. Gadot will join Huawei's marketing efforts as the company introduces its Mate10 Pro mobile phone to US market.
Macron appeals to China for partnership in climate, Africa
That would be a significant setback for Macron and Europe, although it is possible details will be finalised in the weeks ahead. China is France's biggest Asian trading partner but the French side reported a 30 billion euro trade deficit a year ago .
Honey G got a makeover and looks completely different now
Honey G explained how she didn't want to speak about her sexuality while on the show because she was anxious about the reaction. When you think of Honey G , you probably think of gold bomber jackets, huge black shades and a cap.
Hall of Fame finalists include Moss, Owens, Lewis, Urlacher
Over the course of the past couple of decades, Jacoby has been mentioned in conversations about the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To be elected to the hall of fame, a finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote on February 3 from the selection committee.
Tony Blair savages Jeremy Corbyn over his Brexit position
An overwhelming majority of Labour members - although not their leaders or many voters - share his wish for a Brexit reversal. The Labour Party are not in favour of a second referendum, unlike the Liberal Democrats which are pushing for a rerun vote.
What Analysts Have to Say About Yamana Gold (AUY)?
The average is taken over a specific period of time, like 10 days, 20 minutes, 30 weeks, or any time period the trader chooses. Analysts believe that the company has the potential to earn average revenue of $464.08 Million for the current quarter.
Jeff Sessions's Endless War on Marijuana
If the amendment is renewed in spite of Sessions's stated position on marijuana, it's a signal his approach may be stand-alone. Gardner said in a tweet that the Justice Department "has trampled on the will of the voters " in Colorado and other states.
Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch
Hickman tells The Blast that the "Undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated" and Tyson Ranch will be an oasis in the desert. If all goes according to plan, about 20 acres of the property, called Tyson Ranch , will be devoted to growing weed.
Pokemon GO Will No Longer Work on Old Apple Devices
This could be a hint that Apple is mainly developing the new audio news feature for the upcoming HomePod speaker. The recent announcement of Pokemon GO AR + module is exclusively created to run on devices loaded with iOS 11 .
Utah, Detroit teams most interested in Chicago's Nikola Mirotic
A pick in the early 20's is not ideal for Chicago, however it is another first rounder for the Bulls to work with come draft time. So while the Mirotic to Utah idea shouldn't be considered a closed door, there's certainly some obstacles that have arisen.