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Department of Health (National): Statistical press notice: A&E statistics - quarterly update

Press Release   •   Feb 11, 2011 10:18 GMT

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

Accident and Emergency attendances; total time spent in A&E from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer; and waiting for emergency admission through A&E, quarter ending 31 December 2011.

The main findings for Q3 2010/11 were: 

Across all A&E types, 96.5% of patients spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This

  • compares to 98.0% in the previous quarter (Q2 2010/11) and 97.84% for the same quarter last year (Q3 2009/10).
  • This quarter the percentage of patients who spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in major A&E departments only (type 1s) was 94.7% compared to 97.0% in the previous quarter (Q2 2010/11) and 96.8% in the same quarter last year (Q3 2009/10) .
  • This quarter there were 5.2 million attendances at all types of A&E departments, a 2.2% increase from the same quarter last year (Q3 2009/10) and a 1.4% decrease from the previous quarter (Q2 2010/11).
  • For major A&E (type 1s) there was a 0% increase in attendances over the same quarter last year (Q3 2009/10) and a 2.3% decrease from the previous quarter (Q2 2010/11).
  • Of the 3.4 million patients who attended major A&E departments (type 1s), 26.1% or 0.9 million needed to be admitted to hospital. Of these, 96.6% were placed in a bed in a ward within four hours of a decision to admit. This compares to 98.1% in the previous quarter (Q2 2010/11).

Link:http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Statistics/Performancedataandstatistics/AccidentandEmergency/index.htm

Lead Statistician: Paul Steele

Notes to editors

Notes for editors

1. The operational standard as set by the previous government was for 98.0% of patients spending 4 hours or less from arrival at A&E to admission, transfer or discharge. The revised Operating Framework for NHS in England 2010-11 came out in June. It announced the 4hr standard would be replaced by a set of clinical quality indicators in April 2011. It also outlined that the operational standard would be changed to 95.0% upon clinical advice with immediate effect.

2. The operational standard is being measured against all types of A&E including Minor Injury Units and Walk in Centres. However prior to April 2003 only the major A&Es performance (type 1s) was published. For comparative purposes the type 1 only figure continues to be published alongside the headline all types figure.

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