Drop in visits to A&E at Northampton General Hospital in August compared to July, NHS figures reveal

More than 11,000 patients visited the emergency department last month

Friday, 10th September 2021, 11:05 am
Updated Friday, 10th September 2021, 11:06 am

Fewer patients visited A&E at Northampton General Hospital last month – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 11,344 patients visited A&E at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust in August 2021.

That was a drop of five percent on the 11,935 visits recorded during July, but 29 percent more than the 8,823 patients seen in August 2020.

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The figures show attendances were in line with the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in August 2019, there were 11,322 visits to A&E at Northampton General Hospital.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 15 percent were via minor injury units.

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

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

That was a decrease of six percent compared to July, but 19 percent more than the 1.7 million seen during August 2020.

At Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust:

In August:

-There were 194 booked appointments, up from 191 in July

-72 percent of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95 percent

-666 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit