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Foetuses: Surgery

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals perform in-utero surgery; and if he will make a statement. (212443)

Information is not available in the format requested. The table shows the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for surgical operations performed on a foetus by hospital trust in England in 2006-07.

FCEs

United Bristol Healthcare National Health Service Trust

33

Harrogate and District National Health Service Foundation Trust

*

Ipswich Hospital National Health Service Trust

*

Southampton University Hospitals National Health Service Trust

27

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust

19

King’s College Hospital National Health Service Foundation Trust

*

Birmingham Women’s Health Care National Health Service Trust

37

Hammersmith Hospitals National Health Service Trust

12

Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust

8

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals National Health Service Trust

29

Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospital

*

Nottingham University Hospitals National Health Service Trust

18

County Durham and Darlington National Health Service Foundation Trust

*

Total

191

Notes:

1. Data quality

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data is also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. 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.

2. 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.

3. All operations count of episodes

These figures represent a count of all FCE’s where the procedure was mentioned in any of the 12 (four prior to 2002-03) operation fields in a HES 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.

4. Low numbers

Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with ‘*’ (an asterisk). Where it was possible to identify numbers from the total due to a single suppressed number in a row or column, an additional smallest number have been suppressed in order to protect patient confidentiality.

5. Ungrossed data

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