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Knives: Injuries

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to (a) the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton, (b) the Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne and (c) the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath with knife wounds in each year since 1997. (306876)

Information is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows the count of finishes admission episodes where the external cause was for knife wounds at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust and East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust from 2002-03 (the earliest data available) to 2008-09.

A count of finished admission episodes1 where the external cause code2 was knife wound at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust3 from 2002-03 to 2008-094: Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

2008-09

58

35

2007-08

71

51

2006-07

51

50

2005-06

47

51

2004-05

49

21

2003-04

57

32

2002-03

48

39

Notes:

1. Finished admission episodes

A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2. Cause code

A supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in hospital episode statistics (HES). The codes used to define knife wound are:

W26—Contact with knife, sword or dagger

X99—Assault by sharp object

This code identifies assault by ANY sharp object and therefore includes but is not limited to assault with a knife.

3. Hospital Provider

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. NHS trust or primary care trust (PCT)). Hospital providers can also include Treatment Centres (TC). Normally, if data are tabulated by health care provider, the figure for an NHS trust gives the activity of all the sites as one aggregated figure. Some NHS trusts have not registered their TC as a separate site, and it is therefore not possible to identify their activity separately.

The parliamentary question asks for information on the following hospitals

the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton;

the Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne; and

the Princess Royal Hospital.

Data for the individual hospital sites are not available. However:

The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath form part of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust for which we have provided data.

The Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne is part of East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust for which we have provided data.

Due to organisational changes (both splits and mergers) data prior to 2002-03 are not comparable with that for later years at a trust level. For this reason we have not provided these figures as no meaningful time series is available.

4. Assessing growth through time

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data.

5. Data quality

HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS 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. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

Source:

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