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Nearly half of A&E patients only need advice

21st January 2011

A report from the NHS Information Centre for England suggests that about 40% of patients visiting A&E and minor injury units only require guidance and not treatment.

During 2009/10 from 10.3 million recorded visits, 3.9 million appointments finished with the patient only receiving guidance over their concerns while a further 1.2 million did not need treatment or advice. The data also showed that the busiest time in A&E is 10am on a Monday morning, with patients typically spending around nine minutes in the department before being assessed.

 

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