Rise in visits to A&E at Portsmouth Hospitals last month

More patients visited A&E at Portsmouth Hospitals last month – but attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.
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Thursday 11th August 2022 11:52 am
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More patients visited A&E at Portsmouth Hospitals last month – but attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 13,858 patients visited A&E at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust in July.

That was a rise of 4% on the 13,277 visits recorded during June, but 1% lower than the 14,003 patients seen in July 2021.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic – in July 2020, there were 11,417 visits to A&E departments run by Portsmouth Hospitals.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 26% were via minor injury units.

Meanwhile, around 5% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 1% compared to June, and the same number as were seen during July 2021.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust:

In July:

  • There were 1,843 booked appointments, up from 1,492 in June
  • 1,490 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 11% of patients
  • Of those, 10 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in June:

  • The median time to treatment was 65 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times
  • Around 5% of patients left before being treated