Hospital admissions data - national

Category: | Source: NHS Information Centre

March 2012

Hospital episode statistics or HES data provide information on causes of unintentional and intentional injuries – what are called “external causes” – for children admitted to hospital.

HESonline only provides data for England as a whole – there are no local breakdowns – and for children aged 0-14 as a group – there are no detailed age breakdowns. Your local public health analyst should be able to provide you with more detailed information on hospital admissions due to accidental injury for children in your area. 

In addition, HESonline only provides data on all hospital admissions – both emergency admissions immediately following an accident and planned admissions for follow-up treatment. It does not provide data on emergency admissions alone.

However, HESonline does provide an overview of causes of hospital admissions due to accidental injury for children in England. And, because cause codes are broken down, it is possible to see, for example, that contact with hot drinks was the single biggest cause of hospital admissions for children out of the causes relating to contact with hot liquids.

Hospital admissions data from HESonline can provide a starting point for local work on child accident prevention, as it is unlikely that your local hospital admission statistics differ greatly from those for England as a whole.

Your local public health analyst should be able to provide you with more detailed information on hospital admissions due to accidental injury for children in your area. This can inform more detailed planning and programme delivery.

Contact information: 

The responsible statistician for this publication is Chris Dew, HES/SUS Analysis (Service) Section Head

Tel: 0845 300 6016
Email: enquiries@ic.nhs.uk

Updated June 2013