People in most deprived areas almost twice as likely to visit A&E as those in least deprived areas

  • NHS Digital
  • 10 Sep 2020

  • curated by Priscilla Lynch
  • UK Medical News
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People living in the most deprived areas are almost twice as likely to visit Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) as those in the least deprived areas, according to the latest data from NHS Digital.

There were almost double the number of attendances to A&E in England for the 10 per cent of the population living in the most deprived areas (3.1 million), compared with the least deprived 10 per cent (1.6 million) in 2019-2020 (1 April 2019-31 March 2020).

The Hospital Accident and Emergency Activity 2019/20 report also shows that attendances for the 20 per cent of the population living in the most deprived areas accounted for 27 per cent of all A&E attendances (5.9 million attendances).

The report, created in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, brings together newly published data from NHS Digital’s Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) with previously published data from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions Monthly Situation Reports. It includes attendances from all types of A&E departments ranging from major A&E departments, single specialty and consultant-led emergency departments to Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres.

For 2019-2020, HES data show:

  • Monday is the busiest day of the week, accounting for 16 per cent of all attendances during 2019-2020 (3.63 million attendances). The most popular time of arrival on a Monday is between 10 am and midday, accounting for 15.2 per cent of attendances on this day (552,000 attendances).
  • The number of reattendances to A&E within seven days was 1.95 million and accounted for 8.7 per cent of all reported attendances.
  • Patients arriving from 8 am to 10 am generally spent the shortest time in A&E with 16 per cent of patients arriving between 8 am and 8:59 am spending one hour or less; 85 per cent of arrivals between 9 am and 9:59 am spent four hours or less
  • Looking at all arrival times, 2.3 per cent (520,000) of all attendances in 2019-2020 spent more than 12 hours in A&E, compared with 1.5 per cent (333,000) in 2018-2019.