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.
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 17,496 patients visited A&E at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust in March.

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That was a rise of 13% on the 15,434 visits recorded during February, and 12% more than the 15,633 patients seen in March 2021.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in March 2020, there were 13,134 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 19% compared to February, and 29% more than the 1.7 million seen during March 2021.

At United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust:

In March:

There were nine booked appointments, down from 11 in February

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

2,115 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 12% of patients

Of those, 834 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in February:

The median time to treatment was 59 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times

Around 5% of patients left before being treated