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Monday morning the busiest time for A&E

Lightning strikes were responsible for 15 hospital admissions in 2018–2019, while five patients sought treatment following crocodile or alligator attacks

01 Oct 2019 by Selina Powell

NHS Digital data reveals that there were 1,395,747 hospital admissions in 2018–2019.

Accidents involving lawnmowers accounted for 466 hospital admissions while 54 people were admitted to hospital after being bitten by a rat.

There were also five patients admitted to hospital after being bitten or struck by an alligator or crocodile and there were 15 hospital admissions following a lightning strike.

There were 716,691 hospital admissions related to the eye in 2018–2019. Ophthalmic devices associated with adverse incidents were responsible for 497 hospital admissions.

Presentations to accident and emergency (A&E) departments have increased by 4% over the past year, from 23.8 million in 2017–2018 to 24.8 million in 2018–2019.

The figures from NHS Digital reveal that Monday was the busiest day of the week in A&E, with the most popular time of arrival between 10am and midday.

Patients who arrived between 8am and 10am generally spent the shortest amount of time in A&E, with 16% of patients who arrived between 8am and 9am spending one hour or less seeking treatment.

Of those who arrived between 9am and 10am, 90% spent four or hours or less at A&E.

The figures reveal that attendances by the 10% of the population living in the most deprived areas (3.1 million) were more than double the presentations of the 10% of the population living in the least deprived areas (1.5 million).

There were 330,000 patients (1.5% of all presentations) who spent more than 12 hours in A&E.

Image credit: Pixabay/DarkoStojanovic

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