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National Statistics
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Hospital Episode Statistics, Admitted Patient Care - England, 2009-10

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Hospital Trusts, Country, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Provider, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2009 to 31 Mar 2010


Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing records of all patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. It contains details of every hospital stay in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

The Kennedy report recommended that HES should be "supported as a major national resource for the monitoring of a range of healthcare outcomes".


  • There were 16,806,196 finished consultant episodes (FCEs); this represents an increase of 573,617 FCEs (3.5 per cent) from 2008/09
  • Of the 16,806,196 FCEs, 14,537,712 (86.5 per cent) were admission episodes; of these admission episodes 5,177,887 (35.6 per cent) were emergency admissions
  • The time between decision to admit and admission (time waited) had a mean average of 50 days and a median of 34 days, most people (44.5 per cent) waited under 1 month
  • Most FCEs (21.7 per cent) were for patients aged 60-74, the average age of patients was 51.

The report findings can be found on the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) website, where you will now be redirected.


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