Skip to main content

Accident and Emergency Departments: Children

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target waiting time is for children up to the age of 16 to be seen within when attending accident and emergency departments (a) on average in England and (b) at Northwick Park Hospital. (323470)

The Department has set a national standard that all patients should not wait more than four hours in accident and emergency (A and E) departments from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. A 98 per cent, minimum operating figure allows for the minority of patients who clinically need more than four hours in A and E. Trusts are able to set a more challenging waiting time target should they wish to do so.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for children aged up to the age of 16 years to be seen when they arrive at an accident and emergency department (a) in Leicester, (b) in the East Midlands, (c) in England and (d) at Northwick Park hospital. (323471)

Information is not collected separately for Northwick Park hospital. However, information is available for North West London NHS Trust, which is the main health region containing Northwick Park hospital.

The following table sets out the mean time spent between arrival and departure in all types of accident and emergency (A and E) departments for England, Leicester City primary care trust, East Midlands strategic health authority and North West London NHS Trust in 2008-09, for patients aged 16 years or under.

Average duration to departure from A and E in minutes, for patients aged 16 or under, 2008-09

Average duration to departure

Leicester City PCT

120.8

North West London NHS Trust

119.7

East Midland SHA

100.5

England

110.6

Source:

Experimental A and E Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.