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Time spent in NHS accident and emergency departments

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  • Release date: 21 February 2019
  • Period covered: January 2019
  • Next update: 21 March 2019
Data about patients spending less than 4 hours and more than 12 hours until admission, transfer or discharge.

January 2019

Release date: 21 February 2019

Data has been published on StatsWales.

2017-18

Release date: 25 October 2018

Key points

  • There were 1,030,680 attendances to Accident and Emergency Departments, the highest on record. This was 2.7 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent 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.

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.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 3633
Email: stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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