Dental Health

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of admissions to hospital via accident and emergency departments were related to dental problems in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Finished admission episodes (FAEs) (1) where the admission was via accident and emergency (A&E), for all admissions and those where the consultant main specialty (2) was recorded as dentistry (3) for 2009-10 and 2010-11
Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
  Total A&E admissions under 'Dental' consultants All A&E admissions (4) Proportion of admissions to hospital via A&E which were under 'Dental' consultants (percentage)
2009-10 20,317 3,968,881 0.51
2010-11 21,285 4,104,995 0.52
(1) Finished admission episodes A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. (2 ) Consultant Main Specialty The specialty under which the consultant responsible for the care of the patient at that time is registered. Take care when analysing Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data by specialty, or by groups of specialties (such as "acute"). Trusts have different ways of managing specialties and attributing codes so it is better to analyse by specific diagnoses, operations or other patient or service information. (3 ) Consultant Main Specialty Codes 140 Oral Surgery 141 Restorative Dentistry 142 Paediatric Dentistry (available from 1999-2000) 143 Orthodontics 145 Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery (available from 2004-05) 147 Periodontics 146 Endodontics 148 Prosthodontics (4) Admission via A&E Admissions where the method of admission is recorded as 21—Emergency Admission via A&E 28—Emergency Admission—Other (including A&E of a different provider) Data quality: HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS 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. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Assessing growth through time: 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 NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures, which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

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