More patients visited A&E at the Torbay and South Devon Trust last month – but attendances were lower than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 9,411 patients visited A&E at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust in July.

That was a rise of 9% on the 8,651 visits recorded during June, but 1% lower than the 9,535 patients seen in July 2021.

The figures show attendances were above the levels seen in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic – in July 2020, there were 7,740 visits to A&E departments run by the Torbay and South Devon Trust.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care – while 36% were via minor injury units.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of 1% compared to June, and the same number as were seen during July 2021.

At Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust:

In July:

  • There were 87 booked appointments, up from 83 in June
  • 58% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%
  • 699 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit – 7% of patients
  • Of those, 162 were delayed by more than 12 hours

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in June:

  • The median time to treatment was 131 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times
  • Around 8% of patients left before being treated