Acquired Brain Injury

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people suffered a traumatic head injury in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Traumatic head injuries cover a broad spectrum of severity of injury including those who do not present at hospital, those who attend Accident and Emergency Departments but are not admitted, those who are admitted for treatment and those who die before reaching hospital. Information is available only on those admitted to hospital. The table as follows provides figures on the number of admissions to hospital in Northern Ireland where the primary diagnosis is for head injury and, of these, the number of admissions where the primary diagnoses are fractures to the skull or facial bones or intracranial injuries. Information is provided for the last five years for which data are available.

Total number of Admissions to Hospital(9) with injuries to the head for the years 1998–1999 to 2002–2003
Years All head injuries Skull fracture or intracranial injury
1998–1999 7,273 2,573
1999–2000 7,126 2,407
2000–2001 7,027 2,284
2001–2002 7,236 2,352
2002–2003 6,874 2,399

(9) Deaths and Discharges are used as an approximation for Admissions


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