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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 June 2011.
The main findings for Q1 2011/12 were:
Across all A&E types, 97.0% of patients spent 4 hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This compares to 96.6% in the previous quarter (Q4 2010/11) and 98.4% for the same quarter last year (Q1 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 95.5% compared to 94.8% in the previous quarter and 97.7% in the same quarter last year.
This quarter there were 5.5 million attendances at all types of A&E departments, a 0.6% decrease from the same quarter last year, but a 5.0% increase from the previous quarter.
For major A&E (type 1s) there was a 0.4% decrease in attendances over the same quarter last year and a 5.3% increase from the previous quarter.
Of the 3.6 million patients who attended major A&E departments (type 1s), 24.2% or 0.87 million needed to be admitted to hospital. Of these, 97.1% were placed in a bed in a ward within four hours of a decision to admit. This compares to 96.3% in the previous quarter.