Drop in visits to A&E at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals last month

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 34% were via minor injury units.

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 St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals last month – and attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 14,494 patients visited A&E at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in April.

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That was a drop of 8% on the 15,757 visits recorded during March, and 6% lower than the 15,402 patients seen in April 2021.

The figures show attendances were well above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2020, there were 7,169 visits to A&E at sites run by St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 34% were via minor injury units.

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

That was a decrease of 7% compared to March, but 9% more than the 1.9 million seen during April 2021.

At St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:

In April:

There were 147 booked appointments, down from 162 in March

Just 67% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

318 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 2% of patients