How Many Patients are Treated by the NHS?

April 1, 2022
How Many Patients are Treated by the NHS?

The NHS, which launched back in July 1948, is the 5th biggest employer in the world and treats millions of patients each year.

It is made up of many very passionate and talented staff, who keep everything moving smoothly and working, to provide the very best care possible to NHS patients across the UK. We’ve decided to put together a blog that includes some interesting facts and statistics about the NHS; how many patients it looks after, and the cost of its treatments and services:

How many patients does the NHS treat?

The NHS has over 1 million patients every 36 hours. Pre COVID-19, there were on average a total of 16 million hospital admissions and 23 million attendances to A&E annually (2016/17).

How much does NHS health and care cost?

Funding for NHS England health services comes from the Department for Health and Social Care budget. The planned spending for NHS England was £212.1 billion in 2020/21, up from £150.4 billion in 2019/20. This includes £60 billion of extra funding for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included PPE for NHS staff and care workers, and the development of the Test & Trace programme.

What is the cost of going to the accident and emergency (A&E) department?

The NHS sees a large bulk of its patients attend through its A&E departments – Monday is A&E’s busiest day! The cost of a patient attending A&E will vary depending on the type of treatment they ending up receiving, e.g. if a person receives urgent care but it’s a low-level treatment, on average it may cost £45. However, if a patient needs a more complex treatment, the cost can increase to around £400.

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