NHS emergency and urgent care – 16 Feb 2012

A&E diverts

There were 22 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 12 February 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 was 1 closure during the week ending 12 February 2012.

A&E attendances and emergency admissions

In the week ending 12 February 2012, there were 401,313 A&E attendances and 100,485 emergency admissions. For A&E attendances, this was 4.6% higher than the previous week and for emergency admissions, this was 3.1% higher.

Beds closed due to norovirus

There has been an increase 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 an increase.

Winterwatch NHS emergency and urgent care data



Week ending 5 Feb 2012

Week ending 12 Feb 2012

A&E attendances Total number of attendances during the week 383,782 401,313
Emergency admissions Total number of admissions during the week 97,469 100,485
Delays of over 30 minutes between ambulance arrival at A&E and handover to A&E staff Total number of delays during the week 3,544 4,444
A&E diverts Total number of diversions during the week 13 22
A&E closures Total number of closures during the week 0 1
Number of beds closed due to diarrhoea and vomiting or norovirus-like symptoms Average number of beds closed per day 2,032 2,391
Number of beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care from hospital Average number of beds unavailable per day 2,537 2,554

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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