Understanding trends in emergency care


Published: 05/07/2010

In this narrated slideshow, Ian Blunt, Senior Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust, talks about a comprehensive piece of analysis we have conducted into emergency hospital admissions in England between 2004 and 2009.

Admitting a patient to hospital as an emergency case is costly and frequently preventable, yet the number of emergency admissions to hospital has been rising for some time. The research reveals that approximately 35 per cent of all admissions in the NHS in England are classified as emergency admissions, costing approximately £11 billion a year. There has been an 11.8 per cent rise over this period – resulting in around 1.35 million extra admissions. In particular, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of short-stay admissions, while the research reveals significant variation between NHS hospital trusts.