Information is collected on the number of finished admission episodes to hospital. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Tables which provide information for the clinical code ‘X99’—assault by sharp object, have been placed in the Library. The code ‘X99’ includes cases where someone has been attacked using a sharp object (including but not exclusive to knives). The tables provide data which are broken down by each strategic health authority. It is not possible to provide a response to this question for each national health service trust as the numbers involved are mostly very small and many of them would need to be suppressed in order to preserve confidentiality.
It is important to refer to the footnotes and clinical codes when interpreting the data.