Table 2

Attendances to the emergency department with the presentation of abdominal pain, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache or trauma in each group during 2017–2019 and 2020 when stratified by discharge destination (home or ward)

Abdominal painShortness of breathChest painHeadacheTrauma
2017–201920202017–201920202017–201920202017–201920202017–20192020
Before COVID
 Home188 (51)204 (52)98 (45)106 (53)182 (57)192 (68)*107 (62)106 (61)76 (68)81 (68)
 Ward156 (42)167 (43)111 (52)93 (47)125 (39)82 (29)*55 (32)65 (37)28 (25)34 (28)
After COVID
 Home68 (45)36 (55)30 (40)55 (57)*60 (57)43 (69)48 (63)23 (68)25 (64)14 (67)
 Ward73 (48)27 (42)43 (58)41 (42)*40 (38)19 (31)25 (33)11 (32)11 (29)7 (33)
Educational Closure
 Home134 (48)72 (49)64 (44)121 (56)*126 (57)84 (69)*88 (67)36 (64)66 (71)19 (53)
 Ward135 (48)74 (50)79 (54)93 (43)*84 (38)37 (30)40 (31)19 (34)22 (24)17 (47)*
Stay Home
 Home129 (48)78 (47)61 (41)28 (30)129 (56)87 (65)91 (67)35 (64)55 (71)19 (49)*
 Ward126 (47)88 (53)86 (57)66 (70)*89 (39)46 (34)38 (28)20 (36)18 (24)19 (49)*
  • *A p<0.05 when comparing proportions of attendances between years within the same group and presentation type. Data displayed as n (%). A small percentage of individuals had different discharge destinations, and as such the displayed percentages for the aforementioned groups may not total 100% and this may result in only one of the two categories having a significant difference.