Rise in visits to A&E at Bucks hospitals

The latest figures show a significant rise from last month and this time last year

Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:38 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:40 am

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.

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12,363 patients visited A&E at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in May
12,363 patients visited A&E at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust in May

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:

In May:

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