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.

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