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Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library the number of A&E admissions for respiratory conditions in each month of financial year (a) 2015-16, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2013-14, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2011-12.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows the number of attendances at accident and emergency (A&E) departments with a primary diagnosis of respiratory conditions in each month for the years between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

Count of the number of A&E attendances with a primary diagnosis of respiratory conditions, for each of the years between 2011-12 and 2015-16.

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

April

37,546

43,051

46,535

47,303

48,869

May

33,758

43,899

42,281

46,452

45,873

June

31,019

41,083

36,435

40,211

40,971

July

31,026

45,978

35,884

37,353

40,622

August

28,476

32,444

29,760

32,824

37,342

September

33,524

40,523

41,191

40,228

49,217

October

42,256

48,595

47,695

47,952

59,696

November

47,571

53,660

52,254

58,368

66,932

December

58,664

70,923

67,131

87,073

74,350

January

49,206

55,213

51,542

60,793

71,509

February

49,494

49,492

47,364

49,888

65,763

March

48,286

54,158

50,249

54,256

74,935

Total

490,826

579,019

548,321

602,701

676,079

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Note that the recording of the diagnosis field within the A&E data set is not mandatory. It is not known to what extent changes over time are as a result of improvements in recording practice.
  2. A&E diagnosis description 2 character level 25 = Respiratory conditions.
  3. HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in National Health Service practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care. Note that Hospital Episode Statistics include activity ending in the year in question and run from April to March, e.g. 2012-13 includes activity occurring between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.

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