The most common reasons for admissions to accident and emergency (A&E) for patients aged 0-17 in the 2016/17 financial year is shown in the table below. This is a count of attendances, not individual patients as the same person may have attended A&E on more than one occasion.
Sum of attendances
Diagnosis not classifiable
Soft tissue inflammation
Ear, nose and throat conditions
Nothing abnormal detected
Urological conditions (inc. cystitis)
Central nervous system conditions (exc. stroke)
Burns and scalds
Poisoning (inc. overdose)
Allergy (inc. anaphylaxis)
Diabetes and other endocrinological conditions
Social problems (including chronic alcoholism and homelessness)
Other vascular conditions
Primary diagnosis: It should be noted 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.
It should be noted, in 2016/17 there were also approximately 1.4 million attendances classified as ‘null/blank’ and 300,000 classified as ‘Invalid code’.