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Time spent in NHS accident and emergency departments

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  • Release date: 16 March 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2016 and February 2017
  • Next update: 20 April 2017
A report presenting data about patients spending less than 4 hours and more than 12 hours until admission, transfer or discharge.

Changes to how we publish

To achieve more coherence, from April we are planning to start to publish all of our monthly NHS activity statistics on a single day each month. All of the existing data will still be available monthly through StatsWales and we will produce an overarching commentary. To allow you to explore the data better and to see it in one place, we will also be making available an online tool. Please see the Chief Statistician’s update (external link) for more information.

February 2017

Release date: 16 March 2017

NHS Wales Informatics Service has updated the monthly data.

Quarter ending September 2016

Release date: 15 November 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key results for all A&E departments

  • 82.8 per cent of patients spent less than 4 hours from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge in September 2016.
  • 2,751 patients spent 12 hours or more from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge in September 2016.
  • The median time spent in A&E departments was 2 hours 9 minutes in September 2016, whilst the mean time was 3 hours 6 minutes.

All figures relating to September 2016 are provisional.


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