Leading busiest hospitals in England 2018/19, by number of admissions

During the financial year 2018/19, the busiest hospital provider in England was the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust with almost 393.6 thousand admissions. This trust encompasses four hospitals in the Birmingham area, one of the largest urban areas in England. The second busiest trust in this year was the Manchester University Foundation Trust with approximately 315.7 thousand admissions.

Type of admissions

From October to December 2018, there were over six million accident and emergency (A&E) attendees in England. Prior to 2017/18, no previous quarter in England since 2012 had reached six million A&E attendances, indicating an increasing number of individuals are seeking emergency care. Almost seven percent of A&E attendees in England in 2017/18 were primarily diagnosed with a dislocation, fracture, joint injury or an amputation, followed by 6.2 percent diagnosed with a respiratory condition. Although 4.2 percent were found to have ‘nothing abnormal detected’ which could be detrimental to a service that is already stretched.

Waiting too long

Over the last few years in the A&E department, the NHS has been falling behind the target that 95 percent of patients should be seen within four hours of arrival. As a result, the primary reasons for dissatisfaction with the NHS among the public are the length of time required to get a GP or hospital appointment and the lack of staff. Nonetheless, the vast majority of surveyed individuals in the UK regard the NHS as a world class health service and are still happy with the high level of care provided by the organization.

Leading 20 busiest hospitals in England in the period 2018/19, ranked by the number of admissions

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2018 to 2019

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