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

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01 Apr 2012 to 30 Jun 2012


Hospital Episodes 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. 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) 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 Inpatients

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

  • 17.6 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 59.6 per cent (10.5 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 6.0 million of which were day cases.
  • 15.1 million finished admission episodes (FAEs), 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. 3.8 per cent more procedures and 7.5 per cent more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS by 22/08/2012 (Month 4) - extract used for this publication, compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by 20/07/2012 (Month 3) used for 11 September 2012 publication. We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.

Monthly HES for Outpatients

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

  • 91.6 million outpatient appointments made, with 73.2 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.

Monthly HES data for Accident and Emergency (Experimental Data)

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

  • 17.8 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, 3.5 million (19.9 per cent) resulted in a GP follow up, and 6.9 million (38.8 per cent) were discharged with no follow up.

HES monthly topic of interest:

Eating Disorders

In the period between July 2011 to June 2012:

  • There were a total of 2,288 finished admission episodes (FAEs) for an eating disorder. This is a 16 per cent increase from 1,973 for the previous 12 months. All finished admission episodes increased by 1.4 per cent during the same period
  • 1,695 (74 per cent) of the FAEs were for Anorexia, 149 (7 per cent) were for Bulimia and 444 (19 per cent) were for other eating disorders.
  • 2,083 (91 per cent) of the FAEs were female and 203 (9 per cent) were male compared to (1,744) 88 per cent female and (229) 12 per cent male during the previous 12 months
  • The most common age for female FAEs was 15 years old. For male FAEs the numbers are to low to accurately state which is the most common age.
  • Of eating disorder admissions, 497 (26 per cent) were admitted and discharged on the same day; 218 (11 per cent) spent between three and six months in hospital, while 91 (5 per cent) spent at least six months as an inpatient. Eating disorder admissions had longer hospital stays on average compared to admissions overall.
  • 2,102 (92 per cent) of the FAEs had no main procedure compared to 36 per cent for all FAEs. For the 186 (8 per cent) of FAEs where a procedure was performed there were a total of 44 different primary procedures with the two most common being OPCS 'G47 - Intubation of stomach' (this involves the introduction of a plastic tube into the stomach, commonly used for feeding or administering drugs) (35, 1.5 per cent of FAES) and OPCS 'X29 - Continuous Infusion of a Therapeutic Substance' (this involves the administering of medication or nutrients usually through a vein) (27, 1.2 per cent of FAEs).


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