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Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited more than (a) two hours and (b) four hours in accident and emergency at (i) North Middlesex University Hospital, (ii) North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, (iii) Royal Free Hampstead Hospital, (iv) Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and (v) South London Healthcare NHS Trust in (A) 2010-11 and (B) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The total numbers of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances during 2010-11 for the trusts covering the specified hospitals is shown in the following table, together with figures showing duration to departure. There are no A&E facilities at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Data for 2011-12 are not yet available.

2010-11
  Duration to Departure
Trust name Total A&E attendances 0 to 120 minutes to departure 121 to 240 minutes to departure Over 240 minutes Unknown
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 136,876 40,725 91,956 4,193 2
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust 172,300 64,112 98,536 9,652
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust 86,383 33,323 47,588 5,472
South London Healthcare NHS Trust 226,856 84,779 121,540 20,477 60
Notes: 1. Activity at A&E departments is recorded as the number of attendances. Please note that an individual person may attend the same or different A&E departments within any given year and therefore this does not represent the number of patients. 2. The total amount of time spent in the A&E department is calculated as the difference in time from arrival at A&E to the time when the patient is discharged from A&E care. This includes being admitted to hospital, died in the department, discharged with no follow up or discharged—referred to another specialist department. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics collated by the NHS Information Centre

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