NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
Regional data are available within this report
Update: 10 November 2016. The Hospital Maternity Activity 2015-16 summary report has been temporarily removed from the NHS Digital website in order to make corrections to the Key Facts. The corrected document will be uploaded as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.
9 November 2016: Figures released today by NHS Digital1 provide information on maternity activity in NHS hospitals in England.
The annual report, Hospital Maternity Activity, 2015-16, provides information on birth and delivery episodes2, broken down by a range of factors, which in some cases offer time series information for more than 25 years.
The data in the report are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse; HES contains records of all inpatient admissions, outpatient appointments, and A&E attendances at NHS hospitals in England.
Hospital Maternity Activity, 2015-16, presents the number of delivery episodes during the last financial year, broken down by categories including, but not limited to:
- Method of delivery
- Age and ethnicity of the woman
- How deprived3 the area is where the woman lives
- Type of anaesthetic used before or during the delivery
- Length of hospital stay
- Delivery and birth complications, where appropriate
- Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies that resulted in an NHS hospital stay
The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategy and policy for the benefit of patient care, but it will also be of interest to researchers, journalists, and members of the public concerned with maternity hospital activity.
Read the full report at: http://digital.nhs.uk/pubs/maternity1516.