Hernias: Surgery

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the availability of hernia operations varies in different regions of England; and if so, how.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Hernia operations are available from National Health Service providers across England. Demand varies in different areas as not all regions are of the same size or population.

The following table shows the number of finished consultant episodes (FCE) for primary or secondary hernia operations in each region of England in 2020/21 and average waiting times.

Government Office region of residence

FCE

Average waiting time in days

North East

3,470

164

North West

8,120

197

Yorkshire and Humber

6,095

184

East Midlands

4,805

183

West Midlands

4,915

222

East of England

6,525

221

London

8,990

178

South East

10,445

187

South West

8,020

183

Source: NHS Digital Hospital Episode Statistics

Notes:

  1. A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider.
  2. Primary and secondary hernia operations refer to first surgical procedures and secondary follow up operations if needed.

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