Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were performed by the Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust in each year since 2010.

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

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Information on the number of Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) when any procedure took place in Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for the years 2010/11 to 2013/14 is shown in the table below:











Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)


  1. The above information is not a count of people but a count of FCEs, as the same person may have had more than one episode of care within the same time period.
  2. An 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Data includes the number of episodes where the procedure (or intervention) was recorded in any of the 24 (12 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and 4 prior to 2002-03) procedure fields in a HES record.
  5. 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 undergoing 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.
  6. A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (e.g. National Health Service trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of data-flows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.
  7. 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 outpatient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. Conversely, apparent increases in activity may be due to improved recording of diagnosis or procedure information.
  8. Note that HES include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity ending between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

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