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Drop in visits to A&E at Mersey Care last month

All of last month's attendances were via minor A&E departments – those which treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, cuts and bruises.

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 Mersey Care last month – but attendances were far higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 10,381 patients visited A&E at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in November.

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That was a drop of 6% on the 11,075 visits recorded during October, but more than double the 4,788 patients seen by the trust's two predecessors in November 2020.

All of last month's attendances were via minor A&E departments – those which treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, cuts and bruises.

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

That was a decrease of 6% compared to October, but 37% more than the 1.5 million seen during November 2020.

At Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust:

In November:

There were 1,796 booked appointments, down from 2,754 in October

99% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%