Accident and Emergency Departments: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most common reason is for children being admitted to A&E.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

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.

Primary diagnosis

Sum of attendances

Diagnosis not classifiable

620,134

Dislocation/fracture/joint injury/amputation

262,848

Respiratory conditions

237,747

Sprain/ligament injury

220,033

Head injury

197,876

Soft tissue inflammation

194,299

Laceration

180,179

Contusion/abrasion

171,086

Gastrointestinal conditions

162,182

Ear, nose and throat conditions

161,860

Infectious disease

144,381

Nothing abnormal detected

101,602

Dermatological conditions

63,756

Local infection

63,152

Ophthalmological conditions

55,118

Foreign body

49,781

Urological conditions (inc. cystitis)

44,846

Central nervous system conditions (exc. stroke)

42,328

Muscle/tendon injury

41,387

Burns and scalds

38,765

Poisoning (inc. overdose)

31,902

Allergy (inc. anaphylaxis)

28,218

Psychiatric conditions

18,425

Bites/stings

16,849

Cardiac conditions

15,071

Facio-maxillary conditions

11,931

Gynaecological conditions

8,077

Cerebro-vascular conditions

6,558

Haematological conditions

5,941

Septicaemia

5,211

Diabetes and other endocrinological conditions

5,069

Social problems (including chronic alcoholism and homelessness)

2,722

Other vascular conditions

2,683

Electric shock

1,588

Obstetric conditions

1,194

Visceral injury

964

Nerve injury

845

Vascular injury

727

Near drowning

543

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

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’.

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