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Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity, 2016-17

Publication date: 09:30 October 17, 2017


This is a publication on Accident and Emergency (A&E) activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2017. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are published each month. 

This is a joint publication between NHS Digital and NHS England providing a collective and coherent message between the two organisations. This enables a wider set of breakdowns and measures in the detailed reports. The data sources for this publication are Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions Monthly Situation Reports (MSitAE).

This publication releases some high level analyses of both HES and MSitAE data relating to A&E attendances in NHS hospitals, minor injury units and walk-in centres. It includes analysis by patient demographics, time spent in A&E, distributions by time of arrival and day of week, arriving by ambulance, performance times, waits for admission and re-attendances to A&E within 7 days.

This annual publication is 3 months earlier than last year's annual report by NHS Digital.

Key Facts

  • There were 23.4 million attendances recorded at Accident and Emergency in England during 2016-17
  • 89 per cent of patient attendances spent 4 hours or less in A&E in 2016-17
  • Monday is the busiest day of the week. In 2016-17 May and July had the highest number of attendances per day, however a higher proportion of attendances are admitted to hospital in the winter months November to February.  
  • 8.3 per cent of attendances returned to A&E within 7 days in 2016-17.


Date Range: 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts

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