Rise in visits to A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals

More patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals 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.

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

NHS England figures show 17,937 patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in October.

That was a rise of 4% on the 17,278 visits recorded during September, and 15% more than the 15,629 patients seen in October 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 15,139 visits to A&E at 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 2.2 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 2% compared to September, and 36% more than the 1.6 million seen during October 2020.

At United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust:

In October:

There were 36 booked appointments, up from 26 in September

64% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

2,168 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, 173 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 62 minutes

Around 5% of patients left before being treated