Rise in visits to A&E at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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More patients visited the Accident and Emergency department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show that 8,368 patients visited the casualty department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in October.

That was a rise of 1% on the 8,323 visits recorded during September, and 29% more than the 6,509 patients seen in October 2020.

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The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 8,250 visits to A&E at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 27% were via minor injury units.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 2% compared to September, and 36% more than the 1.6 million seen during October 2020.

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At Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in October the figures show:

There were 270 booked appointments, which was down from the 357 number in September

83% of arrivals were seen within four hours, which compares with an overall NHS target of 95%

255 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit

Of those, one was delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September, the median time to treatment was 68 minutes, with around 2% of patients leaving the hospital before being treated.