Rise in visits to A&E at the Sussex Community Trust

More patients visited A&E at the Sussex Community Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

More patients visited A&E at the Sussex Community Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 10,127 patients visited A&E at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in April.

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That was a slight rise from the 10,083 visits recorded during March, and 12% more than the 9,080 patients seen in April 2021.

The figures show attendances were well above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2020, there were 3,720 visits to A&E at sites run by the Sussex Community Trust.

All of last month's attendances were via minor A&E departments – those which treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, cuts and bruises.

Across England, A&E departments received 2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 7% compared to March, but 9% more than the 1.9 million seen during April 2021.

At Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

In April:

More than 99% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%