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Clarification: A&E arrivals by ambulance

January 29, 2014

The Health and Social Care Information Centre collates and publishes Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).

We have become aware that a reported rise in the number of patients age 90 and above arriving at A&E by ambulance between 2009/10 and 2012/13 is based on a baseline figure which is being revised due to unclear labelling.

For clarity, when looking at A&E attendances (excluding planned attendances) in 2009/10 HES recorded 202,537 attendances with an arrival method by ambulance of patients aged 90 and over at A&E departments in England. In 2012/13 the HES figure for attendances of the same was 300,039. This represents a rise of 48.1 per cent.

At the bottom you will find a spread sheet detailing A&E attendances broken by age and arrival method for 2007/8 to 2012/13. When looking at the rise in attendances for patients aged 90 and over from 2007/8 to 2012/13 this was from 147,325 to 300, 039,  a rise of 104 per cent.

When looking at HES figures it should be noted that over time the completeness of the dataset has increased, meaning that changes over time may be partly attributable to improvements in data coverage.

The correct figures are available xls icon here [18kb].

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