Rise in visits to A&E at the George Eliot Hospital

More patients visited A&E at the George Eliot Hospital last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

General view of an Accident and Emergency Sign at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

More patients visited A&E at the George Eliot Hospital last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 8,204 patients visited A&E at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in October.

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That was a rise of 1% on the 8,100 visits recorded during September, and 56% more than the 5,256 patients seen in October 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 7,503 visits to A&E at the George Eliot Hospital.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 23% were via minor injury units.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 2% compared to September, and 36% more than the 1.6 million seen during October 2020.

At George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust:

In October:

There were 303 booked appointments, down from 359 in September

85% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

476 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 67 minutes

Around 3% of patients left before being treated