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Hospital Accident & Emergency Activity 2019-20

Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
England
Date Range:
01 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020

Summary Reports - Reattendances within 7 days to A&E

Background

This section reports how the distribution of reattendances varies with the day of the week, age and sex for 2019-20. All reattendances are defined to be within 7 days of the patient’s first attendance, either to the same or another A&E department, and over 4 hours to exclude transfers between organisations.

The reason for the initial attendance and subsequent reattendance(s) have not been compared to assess whether they are related or not.

The results are presented as:

• Annual total of patients who have reattended A&E over the last 10 years

• Day of the week of the patient’s first attendance of those that have reattended

• Age and sex of patients who have reattended

Number and Percentage of A&E Reattendances

The number of reattendances to A&E has increased each year from 2010-11, when there were 1,210,000 reattendances, to 2019-20, when there were 1,950,000 reattendances.

In this period reattendances have increased from just under 8 per cent to just under 9 per cent of attendances

Table 16: Number and Percentage of A&E Reattendances (Source: HES)
Table 16: Number and Percentage of A&E Reattendances (Source: HES)

Percentage of Reattendances by Day of Week of First Attendance

Weekends have the highest proportions of reattendances, as a proportion of first attendances.

With the highest proportion (9 per cent) first seen on Saturday.

Download the data for this chart Table 17: Percentage of Reattendances by Day of Week of First Attendance (Source: HES)

Percentage of Reattendances by Age and Sex

Males have a higher proportion of reattendances than females for all age groups, with the exception of those between 10 to 29 years of age.

Females between 20 to 29 years of age have the highest rate of reattendance with a steady decrease in the ensuing age bands.

Males between 30 to 39 years of age have the highest rate of reattendance and the decrease is smaller in the ensuing age bands.

These trends could be linked to patterns of admissions, for example older people may be more likely to be admitted and conversely less likely to need to return to A&E within seven days.

Excludes attendances where patient sex is unknown.

Download the data for this chart Table 18: Percentage of Reattendances by Age and Sex (Source: HES)
Last edited: 7 September 2020 8:53 am