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Publication, Part of

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency data - April 2018 - December 2018

Official statistics


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing records of all patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. It contains details of inpatient care, outpatient appointments and A&E attendance records.

HES statistics are produced and published on a monthly basis. This data is provisional and should therefore be treated as an estimate until the final National Statistics annual publications

Key Facts

Monthly HES data for Admitted Patient Care

In the year from January 2018 to December 2018 there were:

• 20.4 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 58.5% (11.9 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 7.3 million of which were day cases.

• 16.9 million finished admission episodes (FAEs), of which 6.3 million were emergency admissions.

Monthly HES data for Outpatients

In the year from January 2018 to December 2018 there were:

• 121.6 million outpatient appointments made, with 94.8 million (78.0%) of these attended by the patient.

• 7.9 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 6.5% of all appointments.

Monthly HES data for Accident & Emergency

In the year from January 2018 to December 2018 there were:

• 21.8 million A&E attendances recorded in A&E HES of which 3.5 million (16.3%) resulted in admission to hospital for admitted patient care. 2.1 million (9.5%) resulted in a GP follow up, and 11.4 million (52.5%) were discharged with no follow up.

The Provisional Data Quality Report for Emergency Care Data Set (ECDS) is no longer included within this release. It is now available by using the link in the Related Links Section below.

Also included within this release is supplementary analysis that has been produced in addition to the Retrospective Review of Surgery for Urogynaecological Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence using Tape or Mesh: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Experimental Statistics, April 2008 - March 2017. It contains a count of Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) where a procedure for urogynaecological prolapse or stress urinary incontinence using tape or mesh has been recorded during the April 2018 to December 2018 period.

Last edited: 13 February 2019 2:41 pm