NHS Tracker: How is the NHS in your area coping?

By Nick Triggle
Health correspondent

With pressure on hospitals growing, the BBC has launched an NHS Tracker to allow people to find out how their local services are coping.
The tracker will run throughout winter showing the latest data on waits for emergency treatment where people live across England, Wales and Scotland.
It comes as hospitals are struggling to see and treat patients quickly enough.
Delays in many areas are the worst on record with NHS leaders saying patients are being put at risk.
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Enter a postcode to find out. Eg ‘M50 2EQ’

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When patients arrive at hospital by ambulance they should be handed over within 15 minutes. This data shows the proportion of ambulance patients who waited 30 minutes or more, in the week shown. It comes from daily situation reports which are published weekly during the winter in England. As this is fast-turnaround data, the NHS says only minimal validation can be carried out but it is considered fit for purpose.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not publish ambulance queue data.
Patients at A&E should be seen within four hours of arrival. This data shows the proportion of patients attending A&E who waited longer than four hours to be treated, discharged or admitted.
This data is published monthly for England and Wales and weekly for Scotland. Northern Ireland publishes its data quarterly and Winter 2021 is not yet available.
If a patient at A&E needs to be admitted, the wait from decision to admit to being given a bed on a ward is recorded in England. The bed waits figure is the proportion of patients admitted via A&E who waited longer than four hours for a ward bed.
In Wales, bed wait data is not published, so the figure shown is the occupancy level in general and acute beds. Scotland and Northern Ireland do not publish bed wait or bed occupancy data.
Data for England is show by NHS trust, where the trust includes at least one hospital with a Type 1 A&E department. Type 1 means a consultant-led 24 hour A&E service with full resuscitation facilities.
When you enter a postcode for a location in England you will be shown a list of NHS trusts in your area. They will not necessarily be in order of your closest hospital as some trusts have more than one hospital. Data for Wales and Scotland are shown by NHS board.
Comparative data from two years ago is shown where available. However, where trusts have merged there is no like-for-like comparison to show. Bed occupancy data in Wales only goes back to April 2020.
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The latest data released by the NHS shows:
Hospital bosses have told the BBC that the problems have got so bad that frail and ill patients are being left overnight on chairs and trolleys because staff are struggling to keep up.
Apology after 10-hour wait for ambulance
Both the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, have warned that this is causing over-crowding, which is putting lives at risk.
NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said the NHS was facing a "very difficult" period.
"The NHS won't fall over. It never does. But the current pressures are risking patient safety, quality of care and staff health and wellbeing."
She said the problems were being compounded by workforce shortages.
The RCEM said the situation was "extremely worrying and dangerous for patients".
NHS England said the health service had experienced one of its busiest ever months.
They pointed to a particular problem discharging patients – data shows more than one in 10 beds are occupied by patients who no longer need care, but cannot leave because there is no support available in the community.
The NHS Tracker has been produced by Christine Jeavans, Wesley Stephenson, Nick Triggle and Ellen Clowser. Development by Alexandra Nicolaides and Becky Rush, design by Lilly Huynh.
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