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41,500 patients admitted to hospital every day in England - up nearly 13 per cent in five years

November 05, 2013: NHS hospitals dealt with 15.1 million admissions in 2012-13 - or about 41,500 admissions per day on average across England, new figures show.

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional figures are available

For admissions per day this is a 1.1 per cent rise on 2011-12 (15.0 million in total, or 41,000 per day) and a 12.7 per cent rise on 2007-08 (13.5 million, or 36,800 per day), according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).3

The hospital trusts with the greatest number of admissions in 2012-13 were Barts Health NHS Trust (237,500) University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (222,200) and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (220,400).4

Today's figures are part of an annual report using Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)5, which provide a breadth of information to a detailed level about NHS-commissioned hospital activity for inpatients. This includes trends over time for admissions, diagnoses and procedures.

Key facts include:

  • The highest number of admissions by single diagnosis was for abdominal and pelvic pain where there were 289,700 admissions, a 2.1 per cent fall on the previous year where there were 296,000 admissions of this type.7
  • Hospitals dealt with 295,000 admissions that were wholly attributable to alcohol8 - a 3.1 per cent (9,420) fall on 2011-12 (304,000).
  • There were just over 33,000 admissions for injuries caused by assault9, a fall of 14.8 per cent (5,730) on 2011-12 (39,000) admissions. The latest figures represent almost a quarter fewer admissions than in 2007-08 (43,000).
  • NHS hospitals carried out 7,980 bariatric procedures in treating obesity10 - a fall of almost 10 per cent compared to 2011-12 (8,830). However the latest figure represents a 205 per cent 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.

"Hospital Episode Statistics data provides a rich and detailed insight into secondary care. Our report shows how much the figures vary across different illnesses, injuries and treatment procedures."

Read 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. 'Admissions' - the total number of finished admission episodes including emergency admissions. Please note that these data should not be described as a count of people as the same person may have been admitted or treated on more than one occasion.

3. Figures above 1 million have been rounded to the nearest 100,000 and those above 10,000 have been rounded to the nearest 100 and those under 10,000 have been rounded to the nearest 10. Exact figures are within the report. Percentages are based on exact figures.

4. It may be the case one trust may account for several hospital sites.

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 approximately 200 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. Submissions from the independent sector in particular have improved significantly in recent years.

6. Each HES record may contain up to 20 diagnosis codes, recording the primary reason the patient is being treated, any secondary diagnoses that are relevant to their care, and where applicable any external causes of their hospital admission. Each HES record may contain up to 24 procedure codes, recording every procedure and intervention the patient was subject to during their hospital stay.

7. This activity is identified using the 3 character primary diagnosis field in HES, the recording of this field is mandatory.

8. The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory, which uses 48 indicators for alcohol-related illnesses, determining the proportion of a wide range of diseases and injuries that can be partly attributed to alcohol as well as those that are, by definition, wholly attributable to alcohol. Further information on these proportions can be found at

9. This activity is identified using the external cause field in Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the recording of this field is optional.

10. This activity is identified using the primary diagnosis and all procedure codes in HES.

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