Southampton emergency wait times fall during coronavirus pandemic


A&E patients were seen much more quickly at the University Hospital Southampton Trust in March, when emergencies fell.

This comes after the NHS expressed concern that people in need of emergency care should avoid hospitals because of Covid-19.

The health service says the staff worked hard to ensure the availability of non-coronavirus treatment during the pandemic and urged those who need help to find it.

The median time between a person’s arrival at A&E and their treatment was 66 minutes at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in March, according to NHS numerical data.

It was nearly three-quarters of an hour less than the same month a year earlier, when the figure was 106.

However, the time required to receive treatment was not recorded in 33% of the cases, and care where patients left without treatment are not included in the figures.

The median is the middle of a range of numbers, which means it will not be distorted by very low or high values.

The decline in wait times occurred while A&E trusts attendance also decreased by 34% during the period.

This followed the pattern across England as a whole, where the median wait fell from 65 to 44 minutes while recorded attendance fell 26% to 1.2 million.

The plunge in the number of A&E visits in recent months has raised fears that people who need medical help avoid hospitals for fear of catching the coronavirus or do not want to burden medical services.

Dr. Cliff Mann, NHS National Clinical Director for Emergency and Emergency Care, said most of the reductions were for low-risk conditions, such as sprains, minor injuries and problems related to alcohol.

“But we are also concerned that, as part of this reduction in attendance, there are people who should have come to A&E and whose health could be endangered by not doing so,” he said. -he adds.

“Although NHS staff have worked hard to fight the coronavirus, they have also worked hard to ensure patients can safely access urgent and urgent care when they need it.”

“So whether you or a loved one has symptoms of a serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke, or whether you are a concerned parent for their child, our message is: the NHS is there for you, so please help us help you and get treatment when you need it, using phone 111 or online service as your first port of call. “

The President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Katherine Henderson, said, “These figures show that the average time for a patient to receive treatment has dropped, which is likely to decrease attendance.

“Patients who are seriously injured or in urgent need of medical care should definitely go to their A&E.”


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