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Spinal Injuries: North East

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest time was that a patient had to wait to receive treatment for spinal cord injury in the North East in the last five years. (254908)

The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the count of finished admission episodes by time waited with a primary diagnosis of spinal cord injury, for hospitals in the north-east of England from 2002-03 to 2006-07.

All admission episodes

Up to 1 week

1 up to 2 weeks

2 up to 3 weeks

3 up to 4 weeks

4 up to 5 weeks

Unknown Time Waited

2006-07

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

2005-06

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

2004-05

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

2003-04

5

2

0

2

0

0

1

2002-03

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

Notes:

1. Finished admission episodes: A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. However, admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2. Primary diagnosis: The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES dataset and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.

3. Time waited (days): Time waited statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period, whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

4. Spinal cord injury is defined as one of the following ICD-10 codes recorded in primary diagnosis field:

5140 Concussion and oedema of cervical spinal cord;

5141 Other and unspecified injuries of cervical spinal cord;

5142 Injury of nerve root of cervical spine;

5143 Injury of brachial plexus;

5240 Concussion and oedema of thoracic spinal cord;

5241 other and unspecified injuries of thoracic spinal cord;

5242 Injury of nerve root of thoracic spine;

5340 Concussion and oedema of lumbar spinal cord;

5341 Other injury of lumbar spinal cord;

5342 Injury of nerve root of lumbar and sacral spine;

5343 Injury of cauda equina;

5344 Injury of lumbosacral plexus;

T060 Injuries of brain and cranial nerves with injuries of nerves and spinal cord at neck level;

T061 Injuries of nerves and spinal cord involving other multiple body regions;

T093 Injury of spinal cord, level unspecified;

T094 Injury of unspecified nerve, spinal nerve root and plexus of trunk.

Source:

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