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Accident and Emergency, Patient Journey - 2007-08, A and E HES data, Further analysis, Experimental statistics

Publication date: 09:30 November 18, 2009


This report is based on the 2007-08 HES dataset and examines the time spent in A&E in England by patients and their destination on leaving the department. During the period covered by the 2007-08 A&E publication not all NHS providers completed data submissions and data quality was considered to be poor in some cases. NHS organisations will be able to review their own data to ascertain the extent to which their local trend follows this national pattern. This can be done by using the accompanying interactive spreadsheet tool available above.

Key Facts

  • For approximately three-quarters (73 per cent) of patients (where records were available) their visit to A&E was completed within three hours, 96 per cent were completed within four hours.
  • The number of patients leaving the A&E department per minute increased as time spent approached 4 hours, 6 per cent in the last 10 minutes
  • 41 per cent of all A&E patients were discharged with no follow-up required whilst a further 21 per cent were admitted to hospital
  • As time spent increased the percentage of patients discharged with no follow-up required fell whilst the percentage admitted increased
  • Of those leaving the department, the percentage of patients admitted to hospital peaked between 3 hours 51 minutes and 4 hours


Date Range: 01 April 2007 to 31 March 2008
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations

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