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Publication, Part of

Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatients and Accident and Emergency Data - April 2015 to March 2016 (M12)

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01 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2016


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.

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.

This publication series has recently been reviewed and now includes the most up to date provisional data within the headline figures presented. This change was first made in the 'Month 10' HES release in March 2016, and this 'Month 12' release represents the first time full year 2015/16 provisional data is available. The full year will be updated next month as part of the 'Month 13' publication.


Key Facts

Monthly HES data for Admitted Patient Care

In the year from April 2015 to March 2016 there were:

• 19.2 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 60.1% (11.5 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 6.9 million of which were day cases.

• 16.2 million finished admission episodes (FAEs) , of which 5.7 million were emergency admissions.

Monthly HES data for Outpatients

In the year from April 2015 to March 2016 there were:

• 112.7 million outpatient appointments made, with 88.9 million (78.8%) of these attended by the patient.

• 7.5 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 6.7% of all appointments.

Monthly HES data for Accident & Emergency

In the year from April 2015 to March 2016 there were:

• 20.4 million A&E attendances recorded in A&E HES of which 4.1 million (20.2%) resulted in admission to hospital for admitted patient care. 4.1 million (20.0%) resulted in a GP follow up, and 7.6 million (37.3%) were discharged with no follow up.

Admitted Patient Care Data Completeness

The variation between the most recent month's data is more pronounced when considering clinical (procedures and diagnoses) coverage. 7.6% more procedures and 10.5% more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS (Month 12) - the extract used for this publication - compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by (Month 11) - the extract used for the previous publication. We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.


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