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Infant Mortality

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births took place at (a) Sussex County hospital, Brighton, (b) Worthing hospital, (c) St Richards hospital, Chichester, (d) the Conquest hospital, Hastings, (e) Eastbourne hospital and (f) Princess Royal, Haywards Heath in 2006; and what the peri-natal mortality rate was for children born at each of the above hospitals in each of the last three years. (145844)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 June 2007:

As the National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question about how many births took place in 2006 in (a) Sussex County hospital, Brighton; (b) Worthing hospital; (c) St Richards Hospital, Chichester; (d) The Conquest hospital, Hastings; (e) Eastbourne hospital; and (f) Princess Royal hospital, Haywards Heath; and what the peri-natal mortality rate was for children born at each of the above hospitals. (145844)

Figures on live births in hospitals are available from birth registration information. The latest available data by place of birth are for 2005 and are shown in the following table .

Number of live births—2005

Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

3,142

Worthing Hospital

2,441

St Richards Hospital, Chichester

2,208

The Conquest Hospital, Hastings

1,539

Eastbourne Hospital

1,758

Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath

2,122

The peri-natal mortality rate is defined as stillbirths and deaths aged under one week per 1,000 live and stillbirths. Peri-natal mortality rates by hospital are not available for reasons of confidentiality of stillbirth information.