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Patients attend A&E during practice hours

Patients attend A&E during practice hours

Patients are choosing to attend A&E during regular practice hours, a new analysis from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows. 

HSCIC figures show the pattern of A&E arrival times remain largely unchanged since 2007/8.

Close to 60% of patients attending A&E between March 2012 and February 2013 arrived between 9.00am and 6.00pm. 

HSCIC figures also show that 20% of patients discharged from A&E needed a follow up appointment with a GP, which has risen 3% since 2007. 

However, the number of patients needed a follow-up has decreased by 2.2%. 

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “The potential impact of changes in primary care provision to A&E departments in England is high on the present public agenda. 

“We are able to offer a detailed picture of A&E activity over a number of years, shedding light on a key policy discussion and helping ensure it is grounded in evidence.”