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Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatients and Accident and Emergency Data - April 2016 to March 2017 (M12)

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01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


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 'Month 12' release represents the first time full year 2016/17 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 2016 to March 2017 there were:

  • 19.8 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 60.0 per cent (11.8 million) of which included at least one procedure or intervention, and 7.1 million of which were day cases.

  • 16.6 million finished admission episodes (FAEs), of which 5.9 million were emergency admissions.

  • Monthly HES data for Outpatients:


    In the year from April 2016 to March 2017 there were:

    • 117.7 million Outpatient appointments made, with 93.3 million (79.3 per cent) of these attended by the patient.

    • 7.9 million Outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 6.7 per cent of all appointments.

    Monthly HES data for Accident and Emergency:


    In the year from April 2016 to March 2017 there were:

    • 20.9 million A&E attendances recorded in A&E HES of which 4.2 million (20.3 per cent) resulted in admission to hospital for admitted patient care. 4.1 million (19.4 per cent) resulted in a GP follow up, and 7.8 million (37.2 per cent) were discharged with no follow up.

    Admitted Patient Care data completeness:

    • The variation from the previous months' data is more pronounced when considering clinical (procedures and diagnoses) coverage. 9.6% more procedures and 12.4% 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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