Drop in visits to A&E at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust last month

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 32% were via minor injury units.

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

Fewer patients visited A&E at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust last month – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 21,505 patients visited A&E at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust in August.

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That was a drop of 8% on the 23,490 visits recorded during July, but 42% more than the 15,099 patients seen in August 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in August 2019, there were 17,657 visits to A&E at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 32% were via minor injury units.

Meanwhile, around 6% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

Across England, A&E departments received 2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 6% compared to July, but 19% more than the 1.7 million seen during August 2020.

At Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust:

In August:

There were 419 booked appointments, up from 375 in July

75% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

1,009 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, five were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in July:

The median time to treatment was 50 minutes

Around 6% of patients left before being treated