More patients visited A&E at Southern Health Trust last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 2,064 patients visited A&E at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in July.

That was a slight rise from the 2,061 visits recorded during June, and 32% more than the 1,567 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 631 visits to A&E departments run by Southern Health Trust.

All of last month's attendances were via minor A&E departments – those which treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, cuts and bruises.

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 Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust:

In July:

  • 98% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

Separate NHS Digital data reveals that in June:

  • The median time to treatment was 63 minutes. The median average is used to ensure figures are not skewed by particularly long or short waiting times