Attendances and Admissions:
There were 1,396,193 Type 1 Attendances in May 2021. This is a 10.8% increase on April’s attendances (1,259,983) and this figure also represents the second highest number of attendances on record, the highest of which happened in July 2019 (1,415,918). Type 1 Admissions stood at 411,262; this was a 6.6% increase on the previous month and the highest numbers of admissions since December 2019. This suggests that we are experiencing winter levels of admissions in the spring/summer months. This figure is also 100,000 (33.2%) higher than May 2020 (308,798). The percentage of patients waiting less than 4 hours from arrival to admission, transfer, or discharge in type 1 EDs was 76.5%, which is the lowest May percentage on record. This figure is over 2 percentage points lower than April 2021 (78.8%) and 3.5 percentage points lower than March 2021 (80%) and is the lowest percentage since January 2021 which stood at 70.1%.
There were 694 12-hour DTA waits, which is the highest May figure on record (second highest was 415 in 2019) and drastically higher than the May 2020 figure which stood at 93. The May 2021 figure is an increase on April 2021 (523) however significantly lower than the highest figure on record, from January 2021 (3809). 57,307 patients waited more than 4 hours from the decision to admit them to admission. This figure is the second highest recorded so far this year, and only slightly lower than May 2019 (61,507).
The percentage of attendances admitted stood at 29.46%. Despite the increase in attendances and admissions, the percentage of attendances admitted is the lowest since September 2019 (29.14%). This figure is significantly lower than the percentage in May 2020 (33.41%). This implies that although attendances and admissions are some of the highest on record, many of the patients presenting at EDs are low acuity.
There were 42,162 booked attendances to Type 1 EDs in May 2021. This again follows a steady increase on previous months (there were 36,540 in April and 32,400 in March). The 4-hour target in Type 1 EDs for booked appointments only was 89.48%, slightly lower than April’s figure of 89.99%. While this shows that the percentage is likely to continue to drop as booked attendances continue to rise, the percentage is still considerably higher than the 4-hour target percentage for non-booked appointments in Type 1 EDs – this stood at only 76.11% in May.