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Injuries: Health Services

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many minor injuries units there were (a) at the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in 2006-07. (228105)

National health service trusts in England self-report the number of accident and emergency (A&E) services they provide against definitions provided by the Department on a quarterly basis. This includes type 3 services, which are A&E services providing minor injury and illness services and include walk-in centres and minor injury units.

It is possible to provide numbers of type 3 services excluding walk-in centres. However, the remaining type 3 services may provide a range of minor injury and illness services, not simply a count of minor injury units.

Latest information shows that, for the quarter ending in June 2008, NHS trusts self-reported 214 type 3 A&E services, excluding walk-in centres. For 2006-07 the figure was 220.


1. From Q1 2007-08, for the first time, data includes information from appropriate independent sector providers that provide services only to NHS patients.

2. The figure for 2006-07 was the position at end March 2007 (quarter four 2006-07).