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Hospital admissions for intentional self harm increase by nearly 10,000 in three years says new report, which also shows seasonal variation in admission numbers

 

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Hospital admissions for intentional self harm increase by nearly 10,000 in three years says new report, which also shows seasonal variation in admission numbers

There were 104,340 admissions for intentional self harm in 2009/10; a 3,130 (3.1 per cent) rise on 2008/09 and a 9,960 (10.6 per cent) rise on 2006/07, according to provisional monthly hospital episode (HES) statistics for admitted patient care, outpatient and accident and emergency data – April to July 2010.

Provisional monthly data from August 2008 to July 2010 also highlights early summer as a hotspot for higher than average admissions, while December has the lowest number of recorded admissions.

In May 2010, 10,340 hospital admissions were recorded for intentional self harm –the highest of any of the 12 months to July 2010. During the same time period December 2009 had the lowest recorded figure overall (7,490). More ….