NHS emergency and urgent care – 28 Feb 2013

A&E diverts

There were 32 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 24 February 2013.
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 A&E closure during the week ending 24 February 2013.

A&E attendances and emergency admissions

In the week ending 24 February, there were 399,891 A&E attendances and 100,649 emergency admissions. For A&E attendances this was 2.2% lower than the previous week and for emergency admissions, this was  0.7% higher than the previous week.

Beds closed due to norovirus

The average 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 decreased from the average closures in the previous week.  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 decreased from the average closures per day in the previous week.

Winterwatch NHS emergency and urgent care data

Indicator

Measure

W/E 17/2/13

W/E 24/2/13

A&E attendances Total number of attendances during the week 408,704  399,891
Emergency admissions Total number of admissions during the week 101,345  100,649
Delays of over 30 minutes between ambulance arrival at A&E and handover to A&E staff Total number of delays during the week  6,253 5,978
A&E diverts Total number of diversions during the week  24 32
A&E closures Total number of closures during the week 1 0
Number of beds closed due to diarrhoea and vomiting or norovirus-like symptoms Average number of beds closed per day 1,651 1,521
Number of beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care from hospital Average number of beds unavailable per day 2,860 2,676

 

Detailed definitions and information on A&E attendances.

Detailed tables of daily data are available here

This page contains management data which 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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