Rise in visits to A&E at Barts Health

More patients visited A&E at Barts Health 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 Barts Health last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 43,901 patients visited A&E at Barts Health NHS Trust in September.

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That was a rise of 9% on the 40,437 visits recorded during August, and 32% more than the 33,280 patients seen in September 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in September 2019, there were 41,763 visits to A&E at Barts Health.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 44% were via minor injury units.

Meanwhile, around 2% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

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 Barts Health NHS Trust:

In September:

78% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

2,992 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, 117 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in August:

The median time to treatment was 59 minutes

Around 5% of patients left before being treated