Hospital admissions up 13% in five years

Posted on: November 11th, 2013

Highest number of admissions are for abdominal and pelvic pain

NHS hospitals dealt with an average of 41,500 admissions per day in 2012-13, an increase of 12.7% from five years ago.

The total number of hospital admissions across England in 2012-13 was 15.1 million, up from 15.0 million (41,000 per day) in 2011-12 and 13.5 million (36,800 per day) in 2007-08, the figures from the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show.

The hospital trusts with the greatest number of admissions in 2012-13 were Barts Health NHS Trust (237,000), University of Leicester NHS Trust (222,200) and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (220,400).

The figures, which are part of an annual report using Hospital Episode Statistics, show that the highest number of admissions by single diagnosis were for abdominal and pelvic pain where there were 289,700 admissions, a 2.1% fall on the previous year where there were 296,000 admissions of this type.

Hospitals dealt with 295,000 admissions that were wholly attributable to alcohol – a 3.1% (9,420) fall on 2011-12 (304,000).

NHS hospitals carried out 7,980 bariatric procedures in treating obesity – a fall of almost 10% compared to 2011-12 (8,830). However the latest figure represents a 205% rise on five years ago (2,620).

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: ”Today’s report shows the rise in hospital admissions continues, and when looking at admission trends over the last five years hospitals in England are now dealing with more people than ever.”

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