Department of Health

Statistical press notice: A&E statistics - quarterly figures, July to September 2011

Press Release   •   Nov 11, 2011 10:38 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 30 September 2011.

The main findings for Q2 2011/12 were:

• Across all A&E types, 97.3% of patients spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This compares to 97.0% in the previous quarter (Q1 2011/12) and 98.0% for the same quarter last year (Q2 2010/11).

• 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 95.9% compared to 95.5% in the previous quarter and 97.0% in the same quarter last year.

• This quarter there were 5.4 million attendances at all types of A&E departments, a 0.3% increase from the same quarter last year, but a 1.9% decrease from the previous quarter.

• For major A&E (type 1s) there was a 0.6% decrease in attendances over the same quarter last year and a 2.8% decrease from the previous quarter.

• Of the 3.5 million patients who attended major A&E departments (type 1s), 24.7% or 0.86 million needed to be admitted to hospital. Of these, 97.5% were placed in a bed in a ward within four hours of a decision to admit. This compares to 97.1% in the previous quarter.

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

Lead Statistician: Paul Steele