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Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for Admitted Patient Care, Outpatients and Accident and Emergency Data - December 2010 to November 2011

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01 Dec 2010 to 30 Nov 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 December 2010 to November 2011 there were:

  • 17.3 million finished consultant episodes (FCEs), 59.1 per cent (10.2 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), 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. 2.1 per cent more procedures and 4.9 per cent more diagnoses were coded in the HES data submitted to SUS by 24/1/2012 (Month 9) - extract used for this publication, compared to the HES data submitted to SUS by 21/12/2011 (Month 8) used for 14th February 2012 publication.  We accordingly recommend extra caution using clinical codes for the most recent months data.
Monthly HES for Outpatients

In the year from December 2010 to November 2011 there were:

  • 89.4 million outpatient appointments made, with 71.3 million (79.7 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.

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

In the year from December 2010 to November 2011 there were:

  • 16.9 million A&E attendances recorded in A&E HES. Of these 3.6 million (21.4 per cent) resulted in admission to hospital for inpatient treatment, 3.2 million (19.1 per cent) resulted in a GP follow up, and 6.5 million (38.7 per cent) were discharged with no follow up. 


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