Rise in visits to A&E at NHS hospital trusts

More patients visited A&E at York Teaching Hospital last month, with demand rising above the levels seen in March last year.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:35 am
NHS England figures show 14,452 patients visited A&E at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in March. Photo: PA Images

NHS England figures show 14,452 patients visited A&E at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in March.

That was a rise of 33% on the 10,842 visits recorded during February, and 11% more than the 13,034 patients seen in March the previous year.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 29% were via minor injury units.

Meanwhile, around 3% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

At York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust:

In March:

○ There were 177 booked appointments, up from 164 in February

○ 81% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

○ 530 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Separate data reveals that in February:

○ The median time to treatment was 45 minutes

○ Around 2% of patients left before being treated

More patients also visited A&E at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, with demand rising above the levels last year.

NHS England figures show 9,611 patients visited A&E at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in March.

That was a rise of 24% on the 7,782 visits recorded during February, and 9% more than the 8,819 patients seen in March the previous year.

At Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:

In March:

○ 71% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

○ 604 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

○ Of those, two were delayed by more than 12 hours

Across England, A&E departments received 1.7 million visits last month.