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Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatient and Accident and Emergency Data - April 2012 to July 2012

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01 Apr 2012 to 31 Jul 2012


Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) is a data warehouse containing records of all patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England. It contains details of more than 17 million episodes of inpatient care (finished consultant episodes), over 80 million outpatient appointments and over 16 million A&E attendance records 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 episode statistics (HES) inpatient (admitted patient care), outpatient and A&E data is now being 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 Inpatients

In the year from August 2011 to July 2012 there were:

  • 17.7 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs)², 59.6% (10.5 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 6.0 million of which were day cases.
  • 15.2 million finished admission episodes (FAEs)³, of which 5.3 million were emergency admissions.

Monthly HES - Inpatient Clinical coding coverage

The shortfall between the most recent month's data is more pronounced when considering clinical (procedures and diagnoses) coverage. 3.5 per cent more procedures and 6.5 per cent more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS by 21/9/2012 (Month 5) - extract used for this publication, compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by 22/8/2012 (Month 4) used for 11th October 2012 publication. We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.

Monthly HES for Outpatients

In the year from August 2011 to July 2012 there were:

  • 92.4 million outpatient appointments made, with 73.8 million (79.9 per cent) of these attended by the patient.
  • 6.8 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 7.4 per cent of all appointments.

Provisional Monthly HES data for Accident and Emergency (Experimental Data)

In the year from August 2011 to July 2012 there were:

17.9 million A&E attendances recorded in A&E HES. Of these 3.7 million (20.8 per cent) resulted in admission to hospital for inpatient treatment, 3.6 million (19.9 per cent) resulted in a GP follow up, and 7.0 million (38.8 per cent) were discharged with no follow up.

Monthly Topic of Interest: Asthma

In the period from August 2011 to July 2012:

For finished admission episodes (FAEs) with the primary diagnosis of asthma:

  • There were 66,378 FAEs between August 2011 and July 2012, compared with 68,547 between August 2010 and July 2011, representing a 3.2 per cent decrease.
  • Females accounted for 57.3% of FAEs (38,046), while males accounted for 42.7 per cent (28,331) of FAEs.
  • Those aged 16 and under incurred the highest number of admission episodes, accounting for 40.3 per cent of the total.


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Last edited: 11 April 2018 5:06 pm