Rise in visits to A&E at the Dartford and Gravesham Trust

More patients visited A&E at the Dartford and Gravesham Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

More patients visited A&E at the Dartford and Gravesham Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 13,882 patients visited A&E at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in September.

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That was a rise of 8% on the 12,807 visits recorded during August, and 40% more than the 9,945 patients seen in September 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in September 2019, there were 11,017 visits to A&E at the Dartford and Gravesham Trust.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 20% were via minor injury units.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.1 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 4% compared to August, and 26% more than the 1.7 million seen during September 2020.

At Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust:

In September:

There were 29 booked appointments, down from 32 in August

82% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

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

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in August:

The median time to treatment was 40 minutes