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A and E Departments

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of people attending accident and emergency departments in Northern Ireland have presented with (a) alcohol-related conditions and (b) injuries in which alcohol was a contributory cause in each of the last three years. (95394)

Information collected centrally on the number of people attending Accident and Emergency Departments records only the total number of first and follow up attendances at each A and E Department. No detail of the condition with which patients presented is held centrally.

Information is available on the number of emergency admissions1 to hospitals in Northern Ireland, where the primary or secondary diagnosis was an alcohol-related condition or a combination of an alcohol-related condition and an injury. The information is presented in the table, for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 (the latest year for which data is available).

(a) The percentage of emergency admissions1 to hospitals in Northern Ireland, where the primary or secondary diagnosis was an alcohol-related condition.

1 Discharges and Deaths are used as an approximation to admissions. It is possible that any individual could be admitted to hospital more than once in any year and will thus be counted more than once as an admission.

Emergency admissions for alcohol related conditions

Percentage

2003-04

4.02

2004-05

4.36

2005-06

4.38

(b) The percentage of emergency admissions1 to hospitals in Northern Ireland, where the primary or secondary diagnosis was a combination of an alcohol-related condition and an injury.

Emergency admissions for alcohol related conditions and injuries

Percentage

2003-04

1.14

2004-05

1.09

2005-06

1.06

Source:

Hospital Inpatient System