In the winter months, NHS England publishes daily ‘situation reports‘ on pressures facing acute hospital providers and NHS 111 services. This data illustrates service demand, pressures and performance in England and includes specific stats for waiting times, ambulance handover delays, bed occupancy, norovirus and delayed discharges.
Hospital accident & emergency attendances rose by 1.6% compared with last winter. 22.9% of patients spent longer than 4 hours in A&E, compared with 20.7% last winter and 6.2% in 2010/11. The number of A&E diverts for temporary respite was down on last year.
General & acute bed occupancy was 94.4%, and was over 90% for all but four days this winter. On average, 20 hospital trusts had occupancy over 99% each day.
On average there were 1,100 fewer beds available each day than last winter. But there were also 1,500 fewer beds each day lost to delayed discharges than last winter.
13,445 ambulances arrived at England’s hospitals each day. One in eight ambulance handovers were delayed by more than 30 minutes over the winter, peaking at one in four on 2nd January. 3% of handovers were delayed by more than an hour over the winter, with a peak of 9% on 2nd January.
NHS 111 received an average of 43,000 calls per day. 27% of calls weren’t answered within 60 seconds, peaking at 60% on 24th December.
This information is shared from the House of Commons Library and the web page can be accessed here researchbriefings.parliament.uk