Rise in visits to A&E at Bucks hospitals
The latest figures show a significant rise from last month and this time last year
More patients visited A&E at Buckinghamshire Healthcare last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.
NHS England figures show 12,363 patients visited A&E at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in May.
That was a rise of 8% on the 11,423 visits recorded during April, and 57% more than the 7,886 patients seen in May 2020.
The figures show attendances were below the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in May 2019, there were 14,183 visits to A&E at Buckinghamshire Healthcare.
The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 30% were via minor injury units.
Meanwhile, around 10% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.
Across England, A&E departments received 2.1 million visits last month.
That was an increase of 11% compared to April, and 65% more than the 1.3 million seen during May 2020 – a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for that month as more people avoided hospitals during the early days of the pandemic.
At Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust:
There were one booked appointments, down from four in April
82% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%
286 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit