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Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatients and Accident and Emergency Data - April 2011 to March 2012

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01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 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 April 2011 to March 2012 there were:

  • 17.5 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs)², 59.6 per cent (10.4 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 5.9 million of which were day cases.
  • 15.0 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. 3.2 per cent more procedures and 6.6 per cent more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS by 23/5/2012 (Month 13) - extract used for this publication, compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by 20/4/2012 (Month 12) used for 13th June 2012 publication.  We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.

Monthly HES for Outpatients

In the year from April 2011 to March 2012 there were:

  • 90.9 million outpatient appointments made, with 72.6 million (79.8 per cent) of these attended by the patient.
  • 6.8 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 7.5 per cent of all appointments.
    Provisional1 Monthly HES data for Accident and Emergency (Experimental Data)

In the year from April 2011 to March 2012 there were:

  • 17.6 million A&E attendances³ recorded in A&E HES. Of these 3.7 million (20.7 per cent) resulted in admission to hospital for inpatient treatment, 3.5 million (19.6 per cent) resulted in a GP follow up, and 6.8 million (38.8 per cent) were discharged with no follow up.

HES monthly topic of interest: Assaults    
Assault is a crime of violence against another person. It can refer to an act that causes another to apprehend immediate and personal violence, or in the more limited sense of a threat of violence caused by an immediate show of force. There are many different type of assault people are admitted to hospital for, as shown below.

It should be noted that police and crime survey figures show that physical injuries are only sustained by the victim in around a half of all assault cases. In those cases that do involve injury to the victim the injury tends to be relatively minor - such as bruises, cuts or scratches. Only in around one in ten cases of assault does the victim require medical attention, and only in a minority of those cases is the victim admitted to hospital. The following figures should not, therefore, be regarded as indicative of overall assault trends.    
Key Facts

In the period April 2011 to March 2012:

  • Assaults accounted for 38,766 finished admission episodes (FAEs), a 6.2 per cent decrease on the previous 12 month period when there were 41,322 FAEs. Overall admissions increased 0.8 per cent over the same period.
  • The biggest fall in FAEs due to assault occurred in the East Midlands SHA (17.0 per cent) followed by the South East Coast SHA (12.3 per cent).
  • Assault by bodily force (24,873) accounted for the highest number of assault admissions. The next largest group - measured by number of admissions - was assault by sharp object (4,490). For the majority of assault types the number of admissions is less than one hundered.
  • North West Strategic Health Authority had the highest rate of admissions for assaults per 100,000 of all FAEs.
  • FAEs due to assault are far more common amongst males than females. Males represented 82.6 per cent of all such admissions.
  • Assault admissions by age follow a similar trend for both genders: there is a peak amongst young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, the number of admissions then steadily decreases as age increases. Although the trends for both genders are similar the much higher number of male admissions causes the peak for young adult males to be far more pronounced.
  • There were a total of 185,941 A&E attendances as a result of assault, a 0.2 per cent decrease on the previous 12 months. Overall A&E Attendances increased 8.4 per cent over the same period.


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