More patients visited A&E at the South Tyneside and Sunderland Trust last month – but attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.
NHS England figures show 20,301 patients visited A&E at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in October.
That was a rise of 10% on the 18,516 visits recorded during September, but 5% lower than the 21,284 patients seen in October 2021.
The figures show attendances were above the levels seen two years ago – in October 2020, there were 15,433 visits to A&E departments 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 32% were via minor injury units.
Meanwhile, around 6% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.
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 South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust:
There were 582 booked appointments, up from 533 in September
70% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%
940 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 5% of patients
Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:
The median time to treatment was 67 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times
Around 4% of patients left before being treated