Press release

Statistical press notice: A&E statistics – quarterly figures, March to June 2011

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Quarterly Accident and Emergency attendance statistics were released today by the Department of Health.

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.

A link to further statistics on Accident and Emergency.

Lead Statistician: Paul Steele