Drop in visits to A&E at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Trust 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 3% were via minor injury units.

General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Fewer patients visited A&E at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Trust last month – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 11,960 patients visited A&E at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in October.

That was a drop of 3% on the 12,294 visits recorded during September, but 7% more than the 11,201 patients seen in October 2020.

The figures show attendances were below the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 12,768 visits to A&E at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Trust.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 3% 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 Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust:

In October:

There were 84 booked appointments, down from 124 in September

53% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

1,292 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, 114 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 113 minutes

Around 5% of patients left before being treated