Accident and Emergency Departments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the remit of an accident and emergency unit.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Accident and emergency (A&E) department types are defined according to the activity performed. The definitions are as follows:

Type 1

Emergency departments – consultant-led 24-hour services with full resuscitation facilities and designated accommodation for the reception of accident and emergency patients.

Type 2

Consultant-led mono specialty accident and emergency services (e.g. ophthalmology or dental) with designated accommodation for the reception of patients.

Type 3

Other type of A&E/minor injury activity with designated accommodation for the reception of accident and emergency patients. The department may be doctor-led or nurse-led, treats at least minor injuries and illnesses and can be routinely accessed without an appointment. A service mainly or entirely appointment-based (for example a general practitioner practice or outpatient clinic) is excluded even though it may treat a number of patients with minor illness or injury. This category excludes National Health Service walk-in centres.

Type 4

NHS walk-in centres.

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