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Post by phildidge on Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:17 am

“Frequent flyers” to Accident and Emergency units are going to hospital up to 400 times a year – more often than the average doctor or nurse, new analysis shows.

The study reveals more than 30,000 patients who attended casualty units at least 10 times a year.

This included 10 patients who went to hospital on more than 235 occasions – more than the 220 days worked on average by a nurse or doctor.

The most frequent user attended on 401 times in 2017/18, the figures show.

The analysis by the healthcare analysis company Dr Foster found that 31,492 people visited A&E in England 10 or more times between June 2017 and May last year.

The study of NHS Digital's hospital episode statistics found repeat visitors were more likely to live in deprived areas and to visit A&E at night, with the largest age group involving those in their 20s.

Alcohol, drugs and mental health problems were commonly found among the group.

Among those admitted to hospital, rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were twice as high than that of other patients. The main cause of the respiratory illness is smoking.

The report highlights a scheme led by paramedics in Blackpool which saw a 90 per cent drop in attendances by “high intensity users” after they were offered other services, including counselling and non-emergency help.

The scheme is now being rolled out more widely.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/10/patient-went-ae-400-times-one-year-among-frequent-flyer-list/

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