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

Press Release   •   Feb 12, 2010 10:54 GMT

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

Statistical press notice: A&E statistics - quarterly update

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 2009

The main findings for Q3 2009/10 were:

  • Across all A&E types, 97.8% of patients spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This compares to 98.7% in the previous quarter (Q2 2009/10; revised data) and 97.5% for the same quarter last year (Q3 2008/09; revised data).
  • 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 96.8% compared to 98.1% in the previous quarter (Q2 2009/10; revised data) and 96.4% in the same quarter last year (Q3 2008/09; revised data).
  • This quarter there were 5.1 million attendances at all types of A&E departments, a 4.5% increase from the same quarter last year (Q3 2008/09; revised data) and a 1.3% decrease from the previous quarter (Q2 2009/10; revised data).
  • For major A&E (type 1s) there was a 2.3% increase in attendances over the same quarter last year (Q3 2008/09; revised data). There has been no change in attendance level from the previous quarter (Q2 2009/10).
  • Of the 3.4 million patients who attended major A&E departments (type 1s), 25.7% or 0.9 million needed to be admitted to hospital. Of these, 97.9% were placed in a bed in a ward within four hours of a decision to admit. This compares to 97.1% in the same quarter last year (Q3 2008/09; revised data).

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

Notes to editors

1.  The operational standard is 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 continuity and to avoid any impression of manipulation the type 1 only figure continues to be published alongside the headline all types figure.

2. The data includes services provided by the Independent Sector. For comparison purposes, England level data excluding the IS activity continues to be published

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