As the first cold snaps hit the UK the BBC is launching a project to check how the NHS is performing this winter.
Each week they will publish the percentage of patients seen within 4 hours, using publicly available NHS data. The results will be split by major and all A&E units and can be seen down to hospital level. There will also be commentary by Nick Triggle, Health Correspondent for BBC news, on each week’s figures.
From the data so far it has already been noted that many increases are linked to the increasing demand for A&E services, along with the growth in complex cases, requiring more care and, often, admission to hospital. Hospital admission recently hit 110,000, one of the highest figures recorded.