FOI 4140 A&E Mental Health Attendees

1. For 2016, please give me the breakdown of how many children aged 15 and under attending the hospital’s A&E department for mental health related issues, were treated/seen by a doctor within four hours, and how many waited longer than four hours to be treated.  (By ‘seen/treated’, I mean when the patient has been treated finally and discharged, so the measure of time from arrival to departure (which has a target of 4 hours)

The A&E department does not track the diagnosis of a patient after they have ‘presented’ through to discharge.  To obtain the information requested regarding mental health related issues, all healthcare records of children aged 15 and under would need to be interrogated.  Therefore, the cost of compliance would exceed the appropriate limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

 If possible, please give a breakdown of how long those waiting four+ hours were waiting, e.g. six, seven hours etc.

 (By treated/seen, I do not mean the initial assessment in triage)

For example: Year total 1,200; 1,000 treated within four hours and 200 treated outside of four hours

2. For 2016, please give me the breakdown of how many children aged 16 and 17, attending the hospital’s A&E department for mental health related issues, were treated/seen by a doctor within four hours, and how many waited longer than four hours to be treated.The A&E department does not track the diagnosis of a patient after they have ‘presented’ through to discharge.  To obtain the information requested regarding mental health issues, all healthcare records of children aged 16 and 17 under would need to be interrogated.  Therefore, the cost of compliance would exceed the appropriate limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

 If possible, please give a breakdown of how long those waiting four+ hours were waiting, e.g. six, seven hours etc. 

3. For 2016, please give me the breakdown of how many adults aged 18 and over, attending the hospital’s A&E department for mental health related issues, were treated/seen by a doctor within four hours, and how many waited longer than four hours to be treated.

The A&E department does not track the diagnosis of a patient after they have ‘presented’ through to discharge.  To obtain the information requested regarding mental health issues, all healthcare records of adults aged 18 and over would need to be interrogated.  Therefore, the cost of compliance would exceed the appropriate limit under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

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