Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Alcoholic Drinks

Health written question – answered at on 31 January 2008.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related emergency admissions to hospitals in the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust area there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Count of finished admission episodes for alcohol related emergency admissions to Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust( 1) in each year since 1997-98, broken down by age and sex—national health service hospitals England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by English NHS
Ages Unknown
Under 18 18 and over Age Sex
Description Male Female Male Female Under 18 18 and over Male Female
2006-07 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 53 72 1,396 539 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 64 69 1,430 574 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 49 61 1,156 420 0 0 * 0
2003-04 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 50 77 938 333 0 0 * 0
2002-03 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 49 56 885 347 0 0 0 *
2001-02 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 46 61 759 257 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 43 35 782 303 0 * 0 0
1999-2000 Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust 61 56 948 282 0 0 0 0
1999-98 Royal Hull Hospital NHS Trust 55 40 871 336 0 0 0 0
East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 0 0 26 12 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Royal Hull Hospital NHS Trust 0 0 0 0 0 0 746 316
East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 0 0 12 7 0 0 0 0
* = For reasons of confidentiality numbers between one and five have been suppressed and shown as '*'.

(1) 0n 1 October 1999 Royal Hull hospital NHS trust and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust merged to form the Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust.

Notes:

1. Data quality:

Hospital episode statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The information centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

2. Finished admission episodes:

A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

Admission method codes used:

21 = Emergency: via accident and emergency (A and E) services, including the casualty department of the provider

22 = Emergency: via general practitioner (GP)

23 = Emergency: via bed bureau, including the central bureau

24 = Emergency: via consultant out-patient clinic

28 = Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A and E department of another health care provider

3. Assessing growth through time:

HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected by the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.

Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.

4. Low numbers:

Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with '*' (an asterisk).

5. All diagnoses count of mentions:

These figures represent a count of all mentions of a diagnosis in any of the 14 diagnosis fields in the HES data set. Therefore, if a diagnosis is mentioned in more than one diagnosis field during an episode, all diagnoses are counted.

Diagnosis codes used:

F10—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol

K70—Alcoholic liver disease

T51—Toxic effect of Alcohol

6. Ungrossed Data:

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care

The Government's renewed alcohol strategy, "Safe. Sensible. Social—the next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy", sets out a clear path to minimise the health harms, violence and antisocial behaviour associated with alcohol, while ensuring that people are able to enjoy alcohol safely and responsibly.

The comprehensive spending review announced a Home Office Public Service Agreement target to reduce alcohol harm. It includes a new national indicator to measure change in the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-attributable conditions—the first ever national commitment to monitor how the NHS is tackling alcohol harms, which will operate from April 2008. In addition, the Department and Home Office jointly will launch a much expanded, £10 million public health and education campaign on alcohol in 2008, to raise general awareness of health risks and challenge tolerance of drunkenness.

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