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Accident and Emergency Departments: Cornwall

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of accident and emergency patients in Cornwall had a trolley wait of over four hours in the latest period for which figures are available. (186503)

Information on the percentage of patients not placed in a bed, in a ward, within four hours of a decision to admit (commonly referred to as a ‘trolley wait’) is reported by National Health Service Hospital Trusts.

This is published quarterly as part of the Department’s “Quarterly Monthly Accident and Emergency (A and E) Services Central Return” (QMAE) dataset. Information is collected at trust level, and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust reports that 0.2 per cent. of patients were in this position for the period July to September 2007. This is the latest period for which figures are available.

This information is for admissions via type 1 (major) A and E departments only.