NHS emergency and urgent data – 8 Mar 2012

A&E diverts

There were 5 A&E diverts in place during the 4 days up to 1 March 2012.

An A&E divert is an agreed temporary diversion of some patients from one hospital to other A&E Departments to provide temporary respite. A divert is only undertaken as part of the local health systems’ planned and managed escalation when a hospital is under pressure.

A&E closures

There were no closures during the 4 days up to 1 March 2012.

A&E attendances and emergency admissions

In the week ending 01 March 2012, there were 430,261 A&E attendances and 102,335 emergency admissions. For A&E attendances, this was 0.1% lower than the previous week and for emergency admissions, this was 1.4% lower.

Beds closed due to norovirus

There has been a decrease in the number of beds in hospitals closed to admissions due to infection control procedures being triggered by patients having diarrhoea and vomiting, or norovirus-like symptoms. Advice about norovirus can be found on NHS Choices.

Number of beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care from hospital

The number of people awaiting discharge for non-medical reasons shows a decrease.

Winterwatch NHS emergency and urgent care data




Week ending 26 Feb 2012

Week ending 1 Mar 2012

A&E attendances Total number of attendances during the week 430,636 430,261
Emergency admissions Total number of admissions during the week 103,799 102,335


Week ending 26 Feb 2012

4 days up to 1 Mar 2012

Delays of over 30 minutes between ambulance arrival at A&E and handover to A&E staff Total number of delays during the week 5.392 3,155
A&E diverts Total number of diversions during the week 19 5
A&E closures Total number of closures during the week 0 0
Number of beds closed due to diarrhoea and vomiting or norovirus-like symptoms Average number of beds closed per day 2,582 2,044
Number of beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care from hospital Average number of beds unavailable per day 2,628 2,604

Detailed definitions and information on A&E attendances.

Detailed tables of daily data are available here.

This page contains management data that has been collected on a rapid turn-round basis from the NHS. The speed of the collection only permits minimal validation to be undertaken but the data is considered ‘fit-for-purpose’.


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