Rise in visits to A&E at Royal United Hospitals Bath

More patients visited A&E at Royal United Hospitals Bath last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

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.

More patients visited A&E at Royal United Hospitals Bath last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 7,868 patients visited A&E at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust in October.

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That was a rise of 2% on the 7,706 visits recorded during September, and 16% more than the 6,768 patients seen in October 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 7,728 visits to A&E at Royal United Hospitals Bath.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 7% were via minor injury units.

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

That was an increase of 2% compared to September, and 36% more than the 1.6 million seen during October 2020.

At Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust:

In October:

There were 20 booked appointments, up from five in September

59% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

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

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 103 minutes

Around 7% of patients left before being treated