Hospitals: Admissions

Health written question – answered on 8th February 2010.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended hospital for treatment for injuries consistent with a dog attack in each year since 1998.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health

Information is not currently collected centrally in the form requested. Information for 1998 to 2002 on non-fatal accidental injuries consistent with a dog attack leading to an accident and emergency (A and E) hospital attendance is available from the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System (HASS/LASS), which ran until 2002. These data cover injuries from home and leisure accidents only (intentional injuries, and road traffic and work accidents are not included), and are estimates for the United Kingdom based on a sample of 16 to 18 hospitals.

UK estimates of number of A and E attendances for non-fatal injuries resulting from home and leisure accidents recorded as 'Attack by Dogs'
A and E attendances (UK national estimate)
1998 74,100
1999 70,340
2000 72,840
2001 66,850
2002 69,150

1. Figures are for attendances at A and E departments-the majority of cases will not have resulted in admission to hospital as an in-patient.

2. Figures are estimates based on a sample of 16 to 18 hospitals across the UK, and have been rounded to the nearest 10.

3. Figures are for the number of A and E attendances, not for the number of people who have attended A and E (some people may have attended on more than one occasion for a dog attack).



Information is collected centrally on people admitted to hospital as an in-patient with a cause of injury recorded as being bitten or struck by a dog. This does not include people only attending A and E for treatment. Figures are for England.

Count of finished admission episodes (FAEs)( 1) where there was a primary cause code( 2) of bitten or struck by dog( 3) , England
Financial year FAEs
1997-98 3,079
1998-99 3,416
1999-2000 3,377
2000-01 3,282
2001-02 3,297
2002-03 3,473
2003-04 3,773
2004-05 4,133
2005-06 4,574
2007-08 4,611
2008-09 5,221
(1) FAE is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

(2) The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in HES.

(3) The ICD10 Cause Code used for bitten or struck by dog is W54.


1. HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in national health service practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures that may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data.

2. The figures cover activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care

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