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National Statistics

Hospital Episode Statistics, Admitted Patient Care: England, 2004-05 (timing of these statistics is linked to the Chief Executives Report to the NHS)

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Geographical granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts
Date range:
01 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2005


(timing of these statistics is linked to the Chief Executives Report to the NHS)

Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) is a record level data warehouse of all patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. It contains details of more than 13 million finished consultant episodes (episodes of care) per year. The Kennedy report recommended that HES should be 'supported as a major national resource' for 'the monitoring of a range of healthcare outcomes'.

Hospital Episodes Statistics

Key facts

Between 2003-2004 and 2004-2005

  • an increase in total finished consultant episodes (up by 4.0 per cent to 13.7 million)
  • an increase in day cases of 2.4 per cent and ordinary admission episodes of 4.7 per cent
  • an increase in elective admissions (including day cases) of 0.7 per cent and in emergency admissions of 6.5 per cent
  • the average time waited decreased to 84.0 days from 94.9 days
  • a decrease in average length of stay from 7.4 days to 7.1, continuing the long-term trend.

General and acute admissions decreased by 1.3 per cent for elective and increased by 5.5 per cent for non-elective admissions. In comparison, the Monthly Monitoring returns estimates increased by 2.0 per cent and 5.2 per cent for elective and non-elective admissions respectively.


Last edited: 11 April 2018 4:20 pm