Accident and Emergency Departments: North East

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average waiting time in accident and emergency rooms in hospitals in the North East of England.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

It is not possible to calculate an average time that people have waited in accident and emergency (A&E) before being treated.

Information on A&E performance for each acute trust in the north east of England for the latest quarter available (quarter 4 2011-12) is shown in the following table.

  A&E attendances Attendances over four hours Percentage under four hours
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (FT) 51,448 882 98.29
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT 31,350 1,471 95.31
Gateshead Health NHS FT 15,580 686 95.60
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT 43,964 291 99.34
Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT 40,692 702 98.27
South Tees Hospitals NHS FT 37,876 954 97.48
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT 21,645 454 97.90
County Durham and Darlington NHS FT 69,800 2,817 95.96
Total for North East hospital trusts 312,355 8,257 97.36
Notes: 1. It is not possible to calculate an average time that people have waited in A&E before being treated. 2. The weekly A&E data collection collects data on the total number of patients seen and the number of patients that waited over four hours. 3. These data focus on the percentage of people treated in A&E within four hours. 4. Data include all A&E types. Source: Weekly Situation Report Accident and Emergency Dataset (WsitAE)

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