Emergency medicine Emergency medicine includes care services that look after unscheduled patients needing immediate attention for illnesses or injuries


This branch of medicine has seen significant increases in patient admissions in recent years, which has presented challenges to delivery of quality services.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Patients finding it harder to access general practice, but those in poorer areas report greater problems

Press release
14 August 2019

Health Foundation response to British Social Attitudes Survey on emergency care.

A&Es under pressure: what the data can tell us

25 April 2019

As A&E attendances hit a record high, Tim Gardner explores the divergent pressures facing emergency departments across England.

Concern as four hour A&E target hits lowest level since records began

Press release
11 April 2019

Health Foundation response to NHS England monthly performance statistics

Weekend admissions may be associated with poorer recording of long-term comorbidities

Journal article
21 March 2019

A prospective study of emergency admissions using administrative data

Is the NHS working on thin ice this winter?

14 February 2019

How has demand for patient care changed this winter? Cat Turton explores the pressures on NHS hospitals in England.

Addressing the frequent use of urgent care in the paediatric population of West Kent

Improvement project

This project is aiming to address the unmet needs of children and young people in West Kent who use urgent care services most frequently.

Safety analysis over time

Journal article
9 November 2018

Journal article in Implementation Science on seven major changes to adverse event investigation.

Emergency departments and minor illness

Journal article
1 November 2018

Why do parents bring their children to the PED with minor illness, and what can be done to better understand the drivers and inform potential solutions so desired by policy makers? A recent report by ...

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