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Alcoholic Drinks: Lancashire

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related hospital admittances there were in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years. (125173)

The information requested is shown in the table.

All diagnosis count of finished in year admission episodes for alcohol-related diagnoses for patients with a PCT of residence in Lancashire for 1996-1997 to 2005-06—diagnosis codes F10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders Due to Use of Alcohol; K70 Alcoholic Liver Disease; T51 Toxic Effect of Alcohol—NHS hospitals, England

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Morecambe Bay PCT

859

668

504

664

746

928

1,175

1,364

1,408

1,532

Wyre PCT

128

149

189

201

154

219

214

206

281

319

Blackpool PCT

338

531

563

638

402

608

646

660

707

865

Fylde PCT

97

140

138

112

101

147

167

172

182

187

Preston PCT

752

763

673

859

795

896

800

726

740

889

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT

217

274

271

274

271

297

254

262

520

462

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT

707

844

942

997

1,065

1,344

1,033

1,212

1,361

1,256

Blackburn with Darwen Teaching PCT

386

491

433

477

390

426

446

468

808

726

Chorley and South Ribble PCT

663

738

679

811

737

806

844

771

710

985

West Lancashire PCT

266

253

266

300

287

297

323

436

375

482

Total

4,413

4,851

4,658

5,333

4,948

5,968

5,902

6,277

7,092

7,703

Notes:

1. Finished in-year admissions

A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the data-year. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

PCT and SHA data were added to historic data-years in the HES database using 2002-03 boundaries, as a one-off exercise in 2004. The quality of the data on PCT of treatment and SHA of treatment are poor in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99, with over a third of all finished episodes having missing values in these years. Data quality of PCT of GP practice and SHA of GP practice in 1997-98 and 1998-99 are also poor, with a high proportion missing values where practices changed or ceased to exist. There is less change in completeness of the residence-based fields over time, where the majority of unknown values are due to missing postcodes on birth episodes. Users of time series analysis including these years need to be aware of these issues in their interpretation of the data.

2. All diagnoses count of episodes

These figures represent a count of all finished in year admission episodes where the diagnosis was mentioned in any of the 14 (7 prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in a HES record.

3. Data quality

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. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

4. Ungrossed data

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care