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Twas the night before Christmas...

*HSCIC must be quoted as the source of these figures

We're sure you're Walking in the Air manning the newsroom this festive period - so in what has become somewhat traditional, please find below some tenuously festive figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This year we have gone with a christmas poem theme to present facts and figures about NHS hospitals, with all the figures below relating to admissions recorded in England in 2012-13.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

Or at least we hope not as bites and strikes from mammals (including dogs and rats) led to 9,010 hospital admissions.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...

Hopefully not hung too close to the chimney as there were 290 hospital admissions following exposure to an uncontrolled fire in a building.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads...

Although easy on the sugar as tooth decay (also known as 'dental caries') led to over 100,000 hospital admissions (105,730).

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap...

A winter's nap, something almost 30,000 people in England were deprived of as hospitals saw to 29,160 admissions for sleep disorders.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot...

We hope the tarnish on St Nick's suit hadn't involved falling from a tree, unlike the 900 cases admitted to hospital for this.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath...

Easy on the festive cigars as there were 856,020 admissions for respiratory conditions last year.

He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly...

We wonder if St Nick will make a New Year's resolution to become more active like the rest of us, perhaps even join a gym! But be careful not to overdo it as overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements led to 10,880 admissions to hospital last year.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk...

Father Christmas was certainly a hard-worker but he learnt the value of taking a break too (the other 364 days of the year) which is important as stress was the reason behind 5,780 admissions in 2012-13.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

We hope the 'springing' and 'flying' were done cautiously as hospitals saw 90,060 cases of slips, trips and stumbles and 7,030 admissions for falls on ice and snow.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from HSCIC press office.


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 220 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. 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.

3. Figures in this press release are derived from final HES data for 2012-13, which were made available from the publication of the HES Admitted Patient Care publication in November 2013.

4. 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 in the same year.

5. Figures above 100 have been rounded to the nearest 10.

6. Figures in this press release are based on ICD 10 external cause codes and 3 or 4 digit character primary diagnosis codes. External cause codes are supplementary diagnostic codes that indicate the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. Only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode is counted in HES. Primary diagnosis codes record the main condition a person is diagnosed with upon their admissions to hospital.

3 character primary diagnosis codes used in this press release are:

G47 Sleep disorders

K02 Dental caries

J00 - J99 Diseases of the respiratory system

4 character primary diagnosis codes used in this press release are:

F43.9 Reaction to severe stress, unspecified

Z73.3 Stress, not elsewhere classified

F43.0 Acute stress reaction

F43.1 Post-traumatic stress disorder

F43.2 Adjustment disorders

F43.8 Other reactions to severe stress

Z56.3 Stressful work schedule

Z56.6 Other physical and mental strain related to work

(last two will always be assigned as a secondary diagnosis)

External cause codes used in this press release are:

W00 Fall on same level involving ice and snow

W01 Fall on same level from slipping, tripping and stumbling

W14 Fall from tree

W53 Bitten by rat

W54 Bitten or struck by dog

W55 Bitten or struck by other mammals

X00 Exposure to uncontrolled fire in building or structure

X50 Overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements

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