Official Statistics

Hospital Accident & Emergency Activity 2015 to 2016

This is the annual publication of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Attendance data within Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES). A&E attendances include clinical information, time waited, and provider breakdown. This has been renamed from Accident and Emergency Attendances in England.


Hospital Accident & Emergency Activity 2015-16


This is a report on Accident and Emergency (A&E) activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector.

This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2016. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are published each month.

The data are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse. HES contains records of all admissions, appointments and attendances for patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England.

The HES data used in this publication are called ‘attendances’, and each A&E attendance relates to a single visit by an individual to A&E.

Where follow up care is require and provided by the A&E department, a second planned attendance is recorded. This publication shows the number of attendances during the period, with a number of breakdowns including by patient’s age, gender, diagnosis, treatment and by provider. The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategic and policy-led processes for the benefit of patient care. This document will also be of interest to researchers, journalists and members of the public interested in NHS hospital activity in England.

Published 10 January 2017