More patients visited A&E at Southampton University Hospital last month, with demand rising above the levels seen over the same period last year.

NHS England figures show 12,692 patients visited A&E at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in June.

That was a rise of 4% on the 12,205 visits recorded during May, and 49% more than the 8,501 patients seen in June 2020.

The figures show attendances were below the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic – in June 2019, there were 13,285 visits to A&E at Southampton University Hospital.

The majority of attendances last month were via major A&E departments – those with full resuscitation equipment and 24-hour consultant-led care.

Meanwhile, around 10% were via consultant-led departments with single specialties, such as eye conditions or dental problems.

Across England, A&E departments received 2.2 million visits last month.

That was an increase of 4% compared to May, and 53% more than the 1.4 million seen during June 2020 – a reflection of lower-than-usual numbers for that month as more people avoided hospitals during the early days of the pandemic.

In June there were 925 booked appointments, down from 975 in May, and 84% of arrivals were seen within four hours, against an NHS target of 95%

38 patients waited longer than four hours for treatment following a decision to admit.

A similar trend was also seen in A&E at Southern Health last month.

Data shows 1,354 patients visited A&E at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in June, a rise of 75% on the 772 visits recorded during May.

And it was more than double the 558 patients seen in June 2020.

More worryingly, figures were above the levels seen in June 2019 when there were 795 visits to A&E at Southern Health.

All of last month’s attendances were via minor A&E departments – those which treat minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures, cuts and bruises.

In June 99% of arrivals were seen within four hours.