Transplant Surgery: Bone Marrow Disorders

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people normally resident in Wales have undergone a bone marrow transplant at an English hospital.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

Count of finished consultant episodes1 with a main or secondary procedure2 of a bone marrow transplant3, for patients resident in Wales4 but undergone a procedure in English NHS hospitals, 2008-09 to 2012-135
Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
  Count of FCEs
2008-09 10
2009-10 17
2010-11 12
2011-12 7
2012-13 12
1Finished Consultant Episode (FCE) A finished consultant episode (FCE) is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end; Figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year. 2Number of episodes with a main or secondary procedure The number of episodes where the procedure (or intervention) was recorded in any of the 24 (12 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and four prior to 2002-03) procedure fields in a Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) record. A record is only included once in each count, even if the procedure is recorded in more than one procedure field of the record. Note that more procedures are carried out than episodes with a main or secondary procedure. For example, patients under going a 'cataract operation' would tend to have at least two procedures-removal of the faulty lens and the fitting of a new one-counted in a single episode. 3OPCS codes for bone marrow transplant W34.1 Autograft of bone marrow W34.2 Allograft of bone marrow NEC W34.3 Allograft of bone marrow from sibling donor W34.4 Allograft of bone marrow from matched unrelated donor W34.5 Allograft of bone marrow from haploidentical donor W34.8 Other specified graft of bone marrow W34.9 Unspecified graft of bone marrow W34.6 Allograft of bone marrow from unmatched unrelated donor 4SHA/PCT of residence The strategic health authority (SHA) or primary care trust (PCT) containing the patient's normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another SHA/PCT for treatment. A change in methodology in 2011-12 resulted in an increase in the number of records where the PCT or SHA of residence was unknown. From 2006-07 to 2010-11 the current PCT and SHA of residence fields were populated from the recorded patient postcode. In order to improve data completeness, if the postcode was unknown the PCT, SHA and country of residence were populated from the PCT/SHA value supplied by the provider. From April 2011-12 onwards if the patient postcode is unknown the PCT, SHA and country of residence are listed as unknown. 5Assessing growth through time (Inpatients) 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, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre

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