Table 2.

Sample table for calculating the required physical ambulatory emergency care (AEC) capacitya

Arrival timeNo. of patientsJunior doctor time (based on 1 h per assessment)Consultant review time (based on 15-min review)Consultant follow-up time (based on 7.5 min)Trolley spaces (approx. 40% of patients using trolley)Chair or consultant room (approx. 60% of cases use chairs)
  • aThe table is based on 14 new AEC patients per day, and indicates a requirement of four trolley spaces and six chairs to maintain flow during peak demand.