Out of Area Treatment: Wales

Department of Health written question – answered on 3rd July 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients with a postal address in Wales have used hospital services in (a) Countess of Chester, (b) Arrowe Park, Wirral, (c) Clatterbridge, Wirral, (d) The Christie, Manchester, (e) Agnes Hunt, Gobowen and (f) Liverpool Children's Hospital in the most recent year for which figures are available.

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 shown in the table below.

Counts of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances1, admitted patient finished admission episodes2 and outpatient attendances3 for patients with an Area Team of residence4 of Wales by the selected hospital providers5, 2013-14

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

Hospital provider

A&E attendances

Finished admission episodes

Outpatient attendances

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust




Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust




The Christie NHS Foundation Trust




The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust




Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust




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


1 Official Source of A&E activity data

HES is not the official source of total A&E activity, this is the NHS England situation reports collection - http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/

However, HES permits further analysis of A&E activity as there are a range of data items by which HES can be analysed.

2 Finished admission episodes

A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of admitted patient 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 patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

3 Outpatient Attendances

Attendances at outpatient clinics. Includes first and follow-up attendances and telephone consultations, excludes did not attends (DNAs) and cancellations.

4 Area team of residence

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

5 Hospital Provider

A provider code is a unique code that identifies an organisation acting as a health care provider (eg NHS trust or primary care trust). Data from some independent sector providers, where the onus for arrangement of dataflows is on the commissioner, may be missing. Care must be taken when using this data as the counts may be lower than true figures.

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