Rise in visits to A&E at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals

More patients visited A&E at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals last month, with demand rising well above the levels seen during the first national lockdown last year.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 12:48 pm
Rise in visits to A&E at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals. Photo: PA EMN-210514-182936001
Rise in visits to A&E at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals. Photo: PA EMN-210514-182936001

NHS England figures show 14,026 patients visited A&E at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in April.

That was a rise of 10% on the 12,703 visits recorded during March, and 92% more than the 7,318 patients seen in April the previous year.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2019, there were 13,904 visits to A&E at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals.

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All of last month’s attendances were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care.

Across England, A&E departments received 1.9 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 11% compared to March, and more than double the 916,600 seen during April 2020 – a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for that month as more people avoided hospitals during the early days of the pandemic.

At North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust:

In April:

-80% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

-219 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Separate data reveals that in March:

-The median time to treatment was 88 minutes

-No patients left before being treated