Data about patients spending less than 4 hours and more than 12 hours until admission, transfer or discharge for April 2017 to March 2018.

Main points

  • There were 1,030,680 attendances to A&E departments, the highest on record. This was 2.7% more than 2016-17 (27,016 more), the largest annual percentage increase since 2006-07. There was an average of 2,824 attendances a day, 74 more a day than 2016-17.
  • 81.7% of patients spent less than 4 hours in A&E departments from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge. This is 0.3 percentage points less than in 2016-17 and the lowest performance on record. Although, the number of patients spending less than the target time in A&E was 841,617, 19,355 more than in 2016-17 and the most since 2013-14.
  • 38,904 patients spent longer than 12 hours in Accident and Emergency departments, 5,062 more than the previous year and the highest number on record. Overall, 3.8% of patients spent longer than 12 hours in A&E in 2017-18, 0.4 percentage points more than in 2016-17.
  • Patients over the age of 85 spent longer than average from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge.

Reports

Time spent in NHS accident and emergency departments, April 2017 to March 2018
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Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Time spent in NHS accident and emergency departments, April 2017 to March 2018: additional tables
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Contact

Rebecca Armstrong

Tel: 0300 025 3633

Media

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