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Waiting Times (Hull)

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods are used to calculate patient waiting times at the Acute Assessment Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary. [116736]

Waiting times for admission to the acute assessment unit (AAU) at the Hull Royal Infirmary are included as part of the data collected by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust showing the length of time patients spend in accident and emergency before being admitted, discharged or transferred. Once a patient has been admitted to the AAU, they are no longer classed as being in A&E.The AAU at Hull Royal is not a part of the A&E department. It is a medical assessment area where patients are managed according to the individual patient's clinical needs.These figures are collected using the patient administration system.