Please note (05/02/2014): The following correction was made to the Accident and Emergency Attendances in England (Experimental Statistics) 2008-09 report on 5 February 2014. A labelling error was found in charts 4.2 and 4.3; values were labelled as being for patients aged 100+, when this should have read 101+, these labels have been corrected.
This is the second annual publication of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Attendance data within Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES). It covers the period April 2008 to March 2009 and draws on nearly 13.8 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, as experimental statistics, 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 Quarterly Monitoring of Accident and Emergency (QMAE) return, the official source of A&E information, to highlight areas for further investigation.
NHS organisations will be able to review their own data to ascertain the extent to which their local trend follows the national pattern. This can be done by using the accompanying interactive spreadsheet tool available above A&E Attendances - Provider level analysis (Experimental statistics) 2008-09.xls.
The full report and accompanying tables are also available on our dedicated website HESonline, along with inpatient, outpatient and maternity data.