The number of over-90s taken to A&E by ambulance in England has risen by 81% over the past three years, rising from approximately 165,910 in 2009-10 to 300,370 during 2012-13.
Overall 999 trips to A&Es, for all age-groups, rose by 11% over the same period to just under 4.4 million. The observed trend, with the largest rise in A&E attendances occurring in the oldest of old age groups, implies that possible underlying sources of the problem may lie with the availability of adequate social care and a lack of community-based alternatives to emergency hospital attendances and admissions.
Triggle, N. (2014). Over-90s ambulance trips ‘up 81% in three years’. London: BBC Health News, January 29th 2014.
The 6th annual publication of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Attendance data within Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) covers the period April 2012 to March 2013. It covers over 18 million detailed records of attendances at major A&E departments, single specialty A&E departments, minor injuries units and walk-in centres in England.
Read more: Health & Social Care Information Centre.
Accident and Emergency Attendances in England – 2012-13. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre, January 28th 2014.
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Accident and Emergency Attendances in England: 2012-13. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre, January 28th 2014.