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One in six dog bite admissions are in the North West

September 3, 2013: New figures for 2012-13 show that one in every six hospital admissions for dog bites or strikes occurred in the North West (17.4 per cent of all admissions for dog bites or strikes or 1,099 admissions).

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional figures are available

In the 12 months to May 2013 there were 6,334 hospital admissions for dog bites or strikes, a fall of 1.9 per cent from the 12 months to May 2012 where there were 6,454.

Today's report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that Yorkshire and the Humber had the second highest number of admissions for dog bites or strikes (14.6 per cent or 925 admissions) and admissions were lowest in the South East Coast (3.6 per cent or 229 admissions).

The report also covers hospital admissions for bites, strikes and stings from other mammals, non-venomous arthropods, hornets, wasps and bees in addition to dog bites or strikes.The figures show there were 58.3 per cent fewer admissions for stings from hornets, wasps or bees compared to the 12 months to May 2012 (552 compared to 1,324).

The figures are from a special topic on bites, strikes and stings due to certain animals and insects presented as part of the monthly provisional Hospital Episode Statistics publication, which shows admissions data broken down by patient demographics, region and type of injury.2

Today's report shows that in the 12 months to May 2013:

  • Dog bites or strikes were most common in young children with one in six dog bite or strike admissions for a child aged nine years or below (17.1 per cent or 1,080).
  • When the rates per 100,000 of the population are considered dog bite or strike admissions were highest in the North East (21.6) and Yorkshire and the Humber (17.5) and lowest in London (7.4) and the South East Coast (5.1).
  • There was a seasonal divide in admissions due to bites, strikes or stings from non-venomous arthropods, hornets, bees or wasps. The highest number of admissions were in the summer months (2,266 in June to August 2012) and lowest in the winter months (316 in November 2012 to January 2013). Admissions due to dog bites or strikes were also lowest during the winter months.
  • Where bites and strikes from other mammals were concerned rates of admissions per 100,000 of the population were highest in South West (8.7 or 461 admissions) and lowest in London (2.4 or 198 admissions).

You can view the full report at


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 130 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.

2. Today's press release focuses on a special topic which is part of a wider monthly publication of all provisional inpatient, outpatient and A&E activity in NHS hospitals in England. The publication includes provisional monthly data for April 2012 to May 2013 and final data from June 2011 to May 2012.

3. Percentages have been rounded one decimal place.

4. Admission rates have been directly standardised by age and sex.

5. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England and from some independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The HSCIC liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Figures refer to recorded admissions and are reliant upon the accurate and complete recording of cause of hospital admission.

6. HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality, coverage of data recorded (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity and changes in NHS practice.

7. The codes used within this press release are:

Dog bites and strikes

W54 - Bitten or struck by dog

Other mammal bites and strikes

W55 - Bitten or struck by other mammals

Arthropod bites or stings

W57 - Bitten or stung by non-venomous insect and other non-venomous arthropods

Hornets, wasps and bees

X23 - Contact with hornets, wasps and bees

8. For media enquires please call 0845 257 6990 or email

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