HSCIC publishes new report to help shed light on A&E activity December 3rd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments HSCIC publishes new report to help shed light on A&E activity The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has today published a new report to help build understanding of A&E activity in England. Focus on Accident and Emergency, December 2013 aims to help inform the current debate by bringing together a broad range of statistical data and analyses. While the report reflects a changing, complex picture of overall attendance, it also shows striking consistencies in patterns of A&E activity over several years. In highlighting these areas of change, the report shows that in 2012-13: Departments dealt with 21.7 million attendances overall – or 60,000 a day. This is an 11 per cent growth on four years ago (2008-09) and compares to a 3.2 per cent growth in the England population during the same period. Minor units dealt with almost 32 in every 100 attendees (up from 28 in 2008-09), while major units dealt with about 66 in every 100 (down from 69). 63 in every 100 minor unit attendees were aged under 40 (up from 59 in 2008-09), while 12 in every 100 were aged over 64 (down from 14). In major units, 54 in every 100 attendees were aged under 40 (down from 57 in 2008-09), while 21 in every 100 were aged over 64 (up from 19). 2012-13 A&E activity patterns consistent with recent years (where data is available) include: Attendances at A&E peak slightly in April to June (based on 2008-09 data onwards). The majority of attendances are during normal working hours of 9am to 6pm (2008-09 onwards). Around one A&E patient in five is admitted to hospital. For people aged over 64 this rises to almost one in two (2009-10 onwards) Of every 20 attendees, 13 refer themselves to A&E while around one is referred by a GP (2009-10 onwards). Overall, about a third of patients receive guidance or advice only when attending A&E (2009-10 onwards). HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “HSCIC has responsibility for a wealth of national health and social care statistics and therefore, as an independent authority in this area, can usefully harness its expertise to help shed light on the A&E debate. “A&E is a complex area that statistics alone cannot fully explain– but good quality information is vital towards gaining a clear understanding of patterns and trends in activity over time.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!