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Ophthalmic Treatments

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cataract and (b) non-cataract ophthalmic operations were carried out in NHS hospitals and clinics in each year since 1997. (79589)

[holding answer 23 June 2006]: The table shows the number of finished consultant episodes for ophthalmic operations that took place in national health service hospitals in England in each year since 1997.

Cataract operations

Other ophthalmic operations

1997-98

163,885

181,174

1998-99

204,074

195,145

1999-2000

213,769

194,568

2000-01

239,625

187,623

2001-02

250,035

179,323

2002-03

272,395

176,553

2003-04

301,667

175,981

2004-05

309,552

180,700

Notes: 1. Finished consultant episode (FCE) A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year. 2. All operations count of episodes These figures represent a count of all FCEs where the procedure was mentioned in any of the 12 (four prior to 2002-03) operation fields in a hospital episodes statistics record. A record is only included once in each count, even if an operation is mentioned in more than one operation field of the record. 3. Ungrossed data Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data; that is the data is ungrossed. Source: HES, The Information Centre for health and social care.