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Publication, Part of

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatients and Accident and Emergency Data - April 2011 to December 2011

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01 Apr 2011 to 31 Dec 2011


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 January 2011 to December 2011 there were:

  • 17.3 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs)², 59.3 per cent (10.3 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 5.8 million of which were day cases.
  • 14.9 million finished admission episodes (FAEs)³, of which 5.2 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 6.2 per cent more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS by 22/2/2012 (Month 10) - extract used for this publication, compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by 24/1/2012 (Month 9) used for 14th March 2012 publication.  We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.
Monthly HES for Outpatients

In the year from January 2011 to December 2011 there were:

  • 89.4 million outpatient appointments made, with 71.5 million (80.0 per cent) of these attended by the patient.
  • 6.8 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 7.6 per cent of all appointments.

Provisional1 Monthly HES data for Accident and Emergency (Experimental Data)

In the year from January 2011 to December 2011 there were:

  • 16.9 million A per A&E attendances³ recorded in A per A&E HES. Of these 3.6 million (21.3%) resulted in admission to hospital for inpatient treatment, 3.2 million (19.2%) resulted in a GP follow up, and 6.6 million (38.8%) were discharged with no follow up.

Topic of Interest: Irritable bowel syndrome

New figures from the HSCIC's Hospital Episodes Statistics show that between January and December 2011:

  • There were 5,370 admissions for IBS - a fall of almost two per cent on the previous 12 months (5,470).
  • The 40-to-44 age group accounted for the highest number of admissions of any five year age group (580, or just under 11 per cent of all admissions for IBS).
  • Women account for 70 per cent of these admissions


Last edited: 5 February 2019 1:17 pm