Monday Morning Is The Busiest Day In Hospital A&E Departments Treating Millions Of Patients

According to figures from the World Health Organization the Government spends less on healthcare per head of the population than our European neighbours France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway.

The Governmenta��s Office for National Statistics estimates the population of England and Wales to be in the region of 54 000 000, however figures published by the National Health Service state that during the twelve months period April 2010-March 2011 there were 16.2 million attendances at accident and emergency departments, walk-in centres and minor injury units. That is a figure equivalent to 30% of the entire population. The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, part of the NHS, advises that the data supplied by the NHS Trusts is incomplete because not all hospitals and units supply details, and the number of people attending is likely to be even higher than 16.2 million.

Monday is consistently the busiest day in the hospitalsa�� A&E departments, and the busiest time of arrival is 10.00am. Between 10.00am-11.00am is the busiest time of arrivals on any weekday.

The available data shows that 44% of all A&E department attendances were for patients aged 29 years or under.

Overall, 51% of attendances in A&E departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres were made by male patients.

The month or season of the year does not make a significant difference to the number of patients attending for treatment, and there is a slightly higher number attending during the spring and summer months compared to the winter months.

The records state that 38% of patients had no recorded medical investigation, and 33% patients, underwent a plain x-ray. 22% of attendances resulted in admission to hospital for inpatient treatment, whereas 27% of attendances had a recorded treatment of a�?guidance/advice onlya��.