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Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended accident and emergency departments in England in each of the last five years in order to receive treatment for minor (a) ailments and (b) injuries. (192878)

The table shows the number of attendances at minor injury and illness accident and emergency (A and E) services, including walk-in centres (WiCs) (type 3 including WiCs). It also shows total attendances for other types of A and E department (types 1 and 2).

It should be noted that reason for attendance at A and E services is not currently centrally available, so it is not possible to ascertain whether all patients attending type 3 services, including WiCs, are in fact doing so with minor ailments or minor injuries. Nor is it possible to ascertain how many of those attending other types of A and E are doing so with minor ailments or minor injuries.

Attendances at A and E departments, minor injury units and WiCs centres, England, 2002-03 to 2006-07

Type 1 and 2

Type 3 (including WiC)

2002-03

12,510,682

1,880,840

2003-04

13,272,055

3,244,790

2004-05

13,885,052

3,952,128

2005-06

14,202,418

4,556,746

2006-07

14,226,176

4,696,099

Note:

WiCs were only included in the collection from Q1 2003-04.

Source:

Department of Health QMAE dataset