Fewer patients visited A&E at Bedfordshire Hospitals Trust last month – but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.
That was a drop of 4 per cent on the 21,321 visits recorded during November, but 29 per cent more than the 15,822 patients seen in December 2020.
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The figures show attendances were below the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in December 2019, there were 22,927 visits to A&E at Bedfordshire Hospitals 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 27 per cent were via minor injury units.
Across England, A&E departments received 1.9 million visits last month.
That was a decrease of 8 per cent compared to November, but 27 per cent more than the 1.5 million seen during December 2020.
At Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December:
There were 922 booked appointments, up from 646 in November
85 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit
Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in November:
The median time to treatment was 93 minutes
Around 4 per cent of patients left before being treated
There is no further breakdown between the two hospitals - Bedford and Luton & Dunstable.