Drop in visits to A&E at the Royal Berkshire Trust last month

Fewer patients visited A&E at the Royal Berkshire Trust last month – and attendances were lower than in October last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 10,941 patients visited A&E at Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in October.

That was a drop of 4 per cent on the 11,341 visits recorded during September, and 14% lower than the 12,697 patients seen in October the previous year.

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

Meanwhile, around 16 per cent were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

Across England, A&E departments received 1.6 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 6 per cent compared to September, and 26 per cent fewer than the 2.2 million seen during October 2019.

The NHS said the drop in attendances nationally is “likely to be a result of the Covid-19 response”.

At Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust:

In October:

88 per cent of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

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

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Separate data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 39 minutes

Around 2 per cent of patients left before being treated

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