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Northwick Park Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children up to 16 years old, and (b) elderly and (c) other patients were seen per hour in the accident and emergency department of Northwick Park Hospital in the latest period for which figures are available. (323473)

Data are not available in the format requested. Data are collected by trust and are shown in the following table.

Total number of attendances in 2008-09 accident and emergency (A and E) HES, broken down by 24 hour of arrival and age groups, in North West London NHS Trust

Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Age group

24 hour arrival

16 and under

17-64

65+

Not known

Total

43,872

104,870

27,298

12

00:00

1,080

2,854

523

01:00

741

2,484

444

1

02:00

572

1,894

335

1

03:00

442

1,615

348

04:00

382

1,415

331

05:00

422

1,440

394

06:00

397

1,512

437

07:00

556

2,329

544

08:00

1,080

4,344

946

09:00

2,153

6,150

1,558

10:00

2,606

7,276

2,093

11:00

2,706

6,662

2,095

12:00

2,632

6,346

2,048

13:00

2,524

6,105

1,894

-

14:00

2,382

5,939

1,994

1

15:00

2,317

5,381

1,758

16:00

2,421

5,191

1,544

1

17:00

2,542

5,378

1,502

1

18:00

2,945

5,607

1,389

19:00

3,121

5,578

1,245

1

20:00

3,003

5,530

1,234

21:00

2,817

5,122

995

3

22:00

2,290

4,725

914

3

23:00

1,741

3,993

733

Notes:

1. Total attendance

An attendance is a record for every patient that attends an A and E department, including a major A and E department, single specialty A and E departments, walk-in centres and minor injuries units. Any one patient can have multiple attendances, which may be in the same or different time period, for the same or different condition. An attendance can be split into whether the attendance was either a new or a follow-up attendance, using the ‘Attendance Category’ data field.

2. A and E data quality

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by a number of NHS providers across England. The NHS Information centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seek to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. A and E HES data are available for the year 2007-08, which covers attendances reported between April 2007 and March 2008. The A and E HES data for 2007-08 are the first record level national A and E attendance data to be available within HES. The current coverage and quality of A and E data in HES is poor and for this reason the dataset has been labelled as ‘experimental’. Allowing access to this data will also help stimulate discussion and encourage trusts to improve quality for subsequent releases. The 2007-08 A and E HES publication addresses some of the key data quality and coverage issues. This report is available on HESonline:

www.hesonline.nhs.uk

Source:

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