Rise in visits to A&E at Doncaster hospital

More patients visited A&E at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust last month, with demand rising well above the levels seen during the first national lockdown last year.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:43 pm

NHS England figures show 15,824 patients visited A&E at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in April.

That was a rise of ten per cent on the 14,443 visits recorded during March, and 94 per cent more than the 8,175 patients seen in April the previous year.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2019, there were 15,135 visits to A&E at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust.

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Across England, A&E departments received 1.9 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 11 per cent compared to March, and more than double the 916,600 seen during April 2020 – a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for that month as more people avoided hospitals during the early days of the pandemic.

At Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

In April:

83 per cent of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95 per cent;

649 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit.

Separate data reveals that in March:

The median time to treatment was 45 minutes;

Around three per cent of patients left before being treated.

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