Drop in visits to A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals last month

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 34% were via minor injury units.

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.

Fewer patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals last month – and attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 16,655 patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in April.

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That was a drop of 5% on the 17,496 visits recorded during March, and 1% lower than the 16,883 patients seen in April 2021.

The figures show attendances were well above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2020, there were 9,037 visits to A&E at sites run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 34% were via minor injury units.

Across England, A&E departments received 2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 7% compared to March, but 9% more than the 1.9 million seen during April 2021.

At United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust:

In April:

There were 11 booked appointments, up from nine in March

Just 63% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

2,016 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 12% of patients

Of those, 745 were delayed by more than 12 hours