Domestic Accidents: York

Department of Health written question – answered on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many falls (a) at home and (b) in total were recorded by health and social care providers in (i) York Central constituency and (ii) City of York local authority area in 2010 and each subsequent year.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is not available in the format requested. Data is only held in relation to falls which lead to a hospital admission. We have provided a count of finished admission episodes where an external cause of fall was recorded.

The information is not available in the format requested. Data is only held in relation to falls which lead to a hospital admission. We have provided a count of finished admission episodes where an external cause of fall was recorded.

Count of finished admission episodes1 (FAEs) where an external cause2 of fall was recorded for a) York Central constituency3 and b) York Unitary Authority Area4 for years 2010-11 to 2013-145

Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector

Year

York Central constituency

York Unitary Authority

2010-11

892

1,852

2011-12

840

1,758

2012-13

788

1,548

2013-14

801

1,613

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

1 Finished admission episodes

A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month 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 period.

2 External cause codes

Falls are categorised by the following external cause codes:

W00 Fall on same level involving ice and snow

W01 Fall on same level from slipping tripping and stumbling

W02 Fall involving ice-skates skis roller-skates or skateboards

W03 Other fall same level due collision/pushing by another person

W04 Fall while being carried or supported by other persons

W05 Fall involving wheelchair

W06 Fall involving bed

W07 Fall involving chair

W08 Fall involving other furniture

W09 Fall involving playground equipment

W10 Fall on and from stairs and steps

W11 Fall on and from ladder

W12 Fall on and from scaffolding

W13 Fall from out of or through building or structure

W14 Fall from tree

W15 Fall from cliff

W16 Diving/jumping into water causing injury other than drowning or submersion

W17 Other fall from one level to another

W18 Other fall on same level

W19 Unspecified fall

3 Parliamentary constituency of residence

The parliamentary constituency containing the patient’s normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another parliamentary constituency for treatment. This field is only available from 2009-10 onwards.

4 Local authority of residence

The local authority containing the patient’s normal home address. This does not necessarily reflect where the patient was treated as they may have travelled to another local authority for treatment.

5 Assessing growth through time (Admitted patient care)

Hospital Episode Statistics (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.

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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