Rise in visits to A&E at Gateshead Health Trust

More patients visited A&E at Gateshead Health Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

More patients visited A&E at Gateshead Health Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 9,488 patients visited A&E at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust in October.

That was a rise of 5% on the 9,011 visits recorded during September, and 9% more than the 8,699 patients seen in October 2021.

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    The figures show attendances were above the levels seen two years ago – in October 2020, there were 6,324 visits to A&E departments run by Gateshead Health Trust.

    ​The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care​ – while 34% were via minor injury units.

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

    That was an increase of 9% compared to September, and a similar number as were seen during October 2021.

    At Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust:

    In October:

    There were 61 booked appointments, down from 94 in September

    69% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

    1,122 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 12% of patients

    Of those, 134 were delayed by more than 12 hours

    Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

    The median time to treatment was 61 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times

    Around 7% of patients left before being treated