‘Sharp increase’ in A&E visits

Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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There was a “sharp increase” in the number of people attending accident and emergency departments in England last week, with the target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours missed for an 85th week in a row.

Attendances went up more than 20,000 to 426,500, compared with 406,200 the previous week, NHS England said.

The percentage of patients waiting four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge was 91.5% – down from 92% a week earlier.

The levels of emergency admissions also rose in the week ending March 1 , with a total of 107,600.

This was up from 104,800 in the previous week and from 106,000 in the same week last year.

The number of people waiting for more than four hours to be admitted increased to 9,000 from 8,000 in the previous week.

Director of operations and delivery for NHS England Dr Sarah Pinto-Duschinsky said: “A&E attendances jumped by over 20,000 people last week but the NHS continued to treat more than nine out of 10 patients within four hours.

“NHS 111 continues to perform well, with figures published today showing that in January it handled the second highest number of calls ever recorded – beaten only by the number of calls handled in December, where we saw unprecedented levels of demand over Christmas.”

Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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