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Rise in visits to A&E at the Bolton Trust

More patients visited A&E at the Bolton Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

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.

More patients visited A&E at the Bolton Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 11,673 patients visited A&E at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in October.

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That was a rise of 1% on the 11,563 visits recorded during September, and 32% more than the 8,826 patients seen in October 2020.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in October 2019, there were 10,703 visits to A&E at the Bolton 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 11% 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.

At Bolton NHS Foundation Trust:

In October:

There were 34 booked appointments, down from 101 in September

65% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

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

Of those, 80 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in September:

The median time to treatment was 69 minutes

Around 4% of patients left before being treated