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Accident and Emergency Attendances in England - 2013-14

Publication date: 09:30 January 28, 2015


Update (02 November 2015) Data Quality Note.  An error was identified and corrected in tables 'Organisations with data extracted on 20 June 2014' and'Organisations with shortfalls / missing data' of the annual Data Quality Note, where providers who had corrected their shortfalls since the provisional HES publication had not been updated. This was not an error in the data, only in the data quality note.

Update (25 Aug 2015) An error was identified and corrected in Table 7 and Table 9 of the Provider Level Analysis, where values suppressed as part of disclosure control were not included in the numerator for 'percentage within 4 hours' (table 7) or 'All - Sum' (table 9). This error has a small impact on these figures for approximately a quarter of all providers.

Update (26 March 2015) Provider Level Analysis released.

Update: (26 February 2015) the summary report containing headline figures has been replaced by detailed analysis and additional Excel tables have been released.

This is the annual publication of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Attendance data within Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES). It covers the period April 2013 to March 2014 and draws on over 18 million detailed records of attendances at major A&E departments, single specialty A&E departments, minor injuries units and walk-in centres in England.

Publishing the A&E HES data enables initial conclusions to be presented for discussion and aims to promote and highlight the uses of this potentially rich data set. During the period covered by this publication, not all providers have completed data submissions and data quality is poor in some cases.

The publication also includes analysis of the A&E HES data compared to the NHS England Weekly Situation Reports (Sit Reps), the official source of A&E information, to highlight areas for further investigation.

This publication is released in three phases:
January 2015 - Headline figures published  ; February 2015 - Detailed analysis published ; March 2015 - Provider level analysis published

Key Facts

In 2013-14:

  • There were 18.5 million accident and emergency (A&E) attendances recorded at major A&E departments, single specialty A&E departments, walk-in centres and minor injury units in England; an increase of 1.0 per cent from 2012-13.
  • Data is incomplete; there are 18.2 million attendances reported in A&E HES (excluding planned follow-up attendances), compared to 21.8 million reported in NHS England's Weekly A&E situation reports (Sit Reps) aggregate data for the equivalent period.
  • There are 205 providers with attendances recorded in A&E HES compared to 247 providers who have submitted A&E attendances via Weekly A&E Sit Reps. Weekly A&E Sit Reps receives data from a number of private providers, walk in centres and minor injury units that do not currently submit data to HES.


Date Range: 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts

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