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Time spent in NHS accident and emergency departments

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  • Release date: 19 July 2018
  • Period covered: 2016-17 and June 2018
  • Next update: 23 August 2018
Data about patients spending less than 4 hours and more than 12 hours until admission, transfer or discharge.

June 2018

Release date: 19 July 2018

Data has been published on StatsWales.


Release date: 5 April 2018

Key points

  • There were 1,003,710 attendances to Accident and Emergency Departments, an average of 2,750 a day, 3 more a day than 2015-16.
  • 81.9 per cent of patients spent less than 4 hours in Accident and Emergency Departments from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge. This is 0.2 percentage points less than in 2015-16.
  • 33,834 patients spent longer than 12 hours in Accident and Emergency Departments, 5,818 more than the previous year.
  • Patients over the age of 85 spent longer than average from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge.

Further information

Monthly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually. This data is summarised in the monthly report ‘NHS activity and performance summary’ which includes data on a range of services and includes an online data tool.


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