Drop in visits to A&E at the South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust last month

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.

General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Fewer patients visited A&E at the South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust last month – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 19,553 patients visited A&E at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in April.

That was a drop of 6% on the 20,856 visits recorded during March, but 2% more than the 19,141 patients seen in April 2021.

The figures show attendances were well above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2020, there were 10,480 visits to A&E at sites run by the South Tyneside and Sunderland 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.

Meanwhile, around 7% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

Across England, A&E departments received 2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 7% compared to March, but 9% more than the 1.9 million seen during April 2021.

At South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust:

In April:

There were 728 booked appointments, up from 686 in March

Just 73% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

636 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 3% of patients