NHS emergency and urgent care – 7 Feb 2013

A&E diverts

There were 29 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 3 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 closures during the week ending 3 February 2013.

A&E attendances and emergency admissions

In the week ending 3 February, there were 421,458 A&E attendances and 102,420 emergency admissions. For A&E attendances this was 8.9% higher than the previous week and for emergency admissions, this was  3.4% higer 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 increased 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



W/E 27/1/13

W/E 3/2/13

A&E attendances Total number of attendances during the week  386,878  421,458
Emergency admissions Total number of admissions during the week 99,041  102,240
Delays of over 30 minutes between ambulance arrival at A&E and handover to A&E staff Total number of delays during the week  5,479 6,844
A&E diverts Total number of diversions during the week  23 29
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 1,183 1,332
Number of beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care from hospital Average number of beds unavailable per day 2,955  2,812


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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