NHS Digital's Innovative Uses of Data service developed this data tool that looks at non-urgent attendances to hospital emergency departments. The definition of a non-urgent A&E attendance has been adopted from research conducted by the Centre for Urgent and Emergency Care Research (CURE), School of Health and Related Research, at the University of Sheffield.
According to this research a non-urgent attendance is defined as the "First attendance with some recorded treatments or investigations all of which may have been reasonably provided by a GP, followed by discharge home or to GP care."
Emergency Type-1 department data for NHS Trusts in England from April 2015 onwards has been used for this analysis. The data presented in this report is classed as "management information". For official statistics on hospital emergency care activity please refer to Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) publications and for information on data quality of the new emergency care data set refer to Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) data quality.