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Chorley Hospital

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the five most common reasons were for (a) out-patient and (b) in-patient admissions to Chorley hospital in the most recent period for which figures are available; (93850)

(2) how many people were admitted to Chorley hospital accident and emergency department in each of the last three years;

(3) what the most common reason was for admission to Chorley hospital accident and emergency department in the most recent period for which figures are available;

(4) how many ambulance admissions there were to (a) Chorley hospital and (b) Preston hospital accident and emergency departments in the latest period for which figures are available.

Data for individual hospitals are not collected centrally. The data in this answer relate to the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust. Information on ambulance admissions is not collected centrally.

Details of admissions via accident and emergency (A and E) departments are contained in the following table:

Count of finished admission episodes for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Admission methods selected: Emergency—via A and E services, including casualty department of provider, Emergency—other means, including patients who arrive via A and E department of another health care provider

Finished admission episodes

2002-03

15,377

2003-04

16,177

2004-05

16,592

Notes: 1. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). 3. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The Information Centre for Health and Social Care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. Whilst this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

The five most common reasons for admission in 2004-05 were:

unknown and unspecified causes of morbidity;

pain in throat and chest;

syncope and collapse;

angina pectoris; and

other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.