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Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

Question for Department of Health

UIN 1454, tabled on 8 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time in accident and emergency was (a) in Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, (b) in Queen's Hospital, (c) in King George Hospital, (d) across London and (e) in England in each of the last four (i) quarters and (ii) years.

Answered on

16 June 2015

The National Health Service Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) measure accident and emergency waiting times from arrival to assessment, treatment and departure. A table showing the mean and median waiting times for 2010-11 to 2013-14 and quarters 1 to 4 of 2013-14 is below. Data for individual hospital sites are not published.

Duration to Assessment

Duration to Treatment

Duration to Departure

Year

Mean

(minutes)

Median

(minutes)

Mean

(minutes)

Median

(minutes)

Mean

(minutes)

Median

(minutes)

Barking, Havering

and Redbridge

University Hospitals

NHS Trust

2010-11

37.5

13

96.3

88

195.1

188

2011-12

21.7

14

98.6

90

198.6

188

2012-13

19.7

13

100.2

90

201.6

186

2013-14

21.5

14

93.8

83

196.6

182

Quarter 1

2013-14

21.7

14

96.9

85

195.0

180

Quarter 2

2013-14

21.2

14

92.0

82

186.5

177

Quarter 3

2013-14

20.6

14

87.4

76

197.4

181

Quarter 4

2013-14

22.6

15

98.5

88

207.6

189

London

2010-11

89.8

11

143.6

86

161.6

152

2011-12

38.9

11

89.6

67

150.8

143

2012-13

29.4

11

81.6

62

155.8

146

2013-14

58.8

11

86.5

61

166.9

146

Quarter 1

2013-14

53.9

11

88.1

63

163.1

145

Quarter 2

2013-14

54.4

11

85.2

60

158.6

142

Quarter 3

2013-14

60.2

12

84.6

60

168.8

146

Quarter 4

2013-14

66.6

13

88.0

63

177.0

152

England

2010-11

64.5

10

98.4

58

145.7

130

2011-12

33.1

8

75.4

52

138.2

125

2012-13

30.3

8

74.0

53

141.4

128

2013-14

38.2

9

70.2

51

144.6

129

Quarter 1

2013-14

35.7

9

70.8

52

143.2

127

Quarter 2

2013-14

37.4

8

69.5

50

139.5

125

Quarter 3

2013-14

39.3

8

69.3

50

145.5

130

Quarter 4

2013-14

40.4

9

71.0

52

150.3

132

Source: HES, HSCIC.

Notes:

1. Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

2. Mean and Median: The mean (average) and median (middle in ranking when all values are sorted in order) duration in minutes to assessment, treatment or duration.

3. Duration to assessment: This is the total amount of time in minutes between the patients’ arrival and their initial assessment in the accident and emergency (A&E) department. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is initially assessed.

4. Duration to treatment: This is the total amount of time in minutes between the patients’ arrival and the start of their treatment. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient began treatment.

5. Duration to departure: This is total amount of time spent in minutes in an A&E department. This is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is discharged from A&E care. This includes being admitted to hospital, dying in the department, discharged with no follow up or discharged and referred to another specialist department.

6. London area: For years 2011-12 and 2012-13, this data covers all trusts within the London Strategic Health Authority. For 2013-14, all trusts located within the London Area Team are included.

7. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in NHS practice.

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