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Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average a person attending the Accident and Emergency Department at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, waited to be seen by a member of the medical staff in 2009. (315984)

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

Total time spent at accident and emergency (A&E) departments from arrival to discharge, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust: Type 1 departments (consultant-led, major departments)

Quarter

0-1 hours

1-2 hours

2-3 hours

3-4 hours

>4 hours

Total attendances

2008-09

4

2,965

3,747

2,365

2,275

217

11,569

2009-10

1

3,089

4,319

2,897

2,339

160

12,804

2009-10

2

3,363

4,247

3,006

2,213

135

12,964

Information on the average length of stay by hour, 2008-09 is in Table 1.

Information on the number of A&E attendances recorded in Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and quarterly monitoring of accident and emergency (QMAE), 2008-09 is in Table 2.

Notes:

1. Information on waiting times in A&E facilities is collected by the Department for its QMAE dataset. Trusts do not submit information on average waiting times, but they do submit information on time spent from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in hourly time bands.

2. A&E Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data are not based on the same data definitions as those used for the quarterly QMAE central return. The A&E HES data are at patient level and are sourced from the A&E commissioning data set while the QMAE data is based on a Department of Health aggregate data collection and is published by the Department.

3. The arrival and departure times differ between A&E HES and QMAE. The A&E HES data may include time spent within A&E after the clinical episode has been concluded but before the patient has obtained family or private transport from the A&E department. QMAE remains the official source of information on A&E attendances and performance on the 4-hour standard. The NHS Plan sets out that no one should wait more than four hours in A&E from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. To allow for exceptional circumstances, the operational standard of 98.0 per cent. has been adopted.

Source:

Department of Health—QMAE dataset

Table 1: Average length of stay by hour of arrival, 2008-09

Average stay in minutes (duration to departure)

Hour of arrival

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

All providers in A&E HES data for 2008-09

00:00

152.59

126.36

01:00

149.58

176.40

02:00

149.99

178.31

03:00

145.38

179.63

04:00

153.19

184.30

05:00

151.50

187.96

06:00

145.91

182.59

07:00

118.20

146.83

08:00

103.08

118.57

09:00

100.26

113.58

10:00

107.84

124.83

11:00

114.60

133.67

12:00

121.19

140.17

13:00

112.15

129.51

14:00

108.08

125.39

15:00

104.47

124.60

16:00

102.24

125.55

17:00

106.27

129.26

18:00

107.68

131.24

19:00

108.19

133.97

20:00

113.74

141.02

21:00

113.86

145.53

22:00

118.40

150.42

23:00

133.40

154.67

Source:

HES

Table 2: Number of A&E attendances recorded in HES and QMAE by each provider, 2008-09

England

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation

HES

Total attendances

13,266,413

48,245

Number of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E1

12,352,871

46,719

Percentage of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E

93.1

96.8

QMAE

Total attendances

19,588,017

48,313

Number of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E1

19,208,874

47,512

Percentage of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E

98.1

98.3

1 Type 1 departments (consultant-led, major departments).

Source:

HES

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most recent patient satisfaction ratings were for the Pain Management Department at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. (316021)

The information requested is a matter for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. We have written to Rosalinde Wyke, Chair of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, informing her of the hon. Member's inquiry. She will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.