There has been a drop in the number of visits to accident and emergency at the Bolton Trust last month.

Fewer patients visited accident and emergency at the trust last month but attendances were higher than over the same period last year, figures reveal.

NHS England figures show 10,936 patients visted A&E at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in April.

That was a drop of 12 per cent on the 12,432 visits recorded during March, but four per cent more than the 10,515 patients seen in April 2021.

The figures show attendances were well above the levels seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – in April 2020, there were 5,760 visits to A&E at sites run by the Bolton Trust.

Across England, A&E departments received 2 million visits last month.

That was a decrease of seven per cent compared to March, but nine per cent more than the 1.9 million seen during April 2021.

At Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, in April, there were 99 booked appointments, down from 187 in March, just 58 per cent of arrivals were seen within four hours, 964 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit and of those, 273 were delayed by more than 12 hours.