A&E admissions hit record high during July heatwave

Over two million patients attended A&E in July

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The number of people admitted to A&E last month was the highest on record, as temperatures in the UK soared.

NHS figures released today show that 2,266,913 patients attended A&E in July alone, a four per cent increase on the same month last year.

Emergency admissions were also up on the previous year, hitting a peak of 554,069.

Britain saw its second-highest temperature on record, and the hottest July day ever last month, as the mercury hit 38.1C in parts of the country.

It caused major travel disruption as trains across the country were cancelled due to the extreme heat.

A spokesperson from the NHS said: “A&E doctors, nurses, paramedics and other staff have pulled out all the stops to deal with the record heat and record number of attendees over July.”

They treated the highest number of patients ever within four hours - on average 2,300 more people a day within four hours than in June.

But the figures also highlight the pressure on medical staff, showing that of the two million July patients, 436 had to wait more than 12 hours to be seen - 192.6 per cent higher than July 2018.

Those waiting for more than four hours to be admitted rose by more than a third to 57,694 – another record high.

Ambulance services dealt with 735,974 incidents there were 1.4m calls to NHS 111.

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