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 33% 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 – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 17,278 patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in September.

That was a slight drop from the 17,326 visits recorded during August, but 8% more than the 15,955 patients seen in September 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in September 2019, there were 15,031 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 33% 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 United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust:

In September:

There were 26 booked appointments, from 26 in August

62% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

2,101 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, 71 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in August:

The median time to treatment was 51 minutes

Around 5% of patients left before being treated