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Information Centre highlighs asthma admissions - North West tops table

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Information Centre highlighs asthma admissions - North West tops table

The NHS Information Centre has is focussing on asthma admissions as its monthly topic of interest for the latest Hospital Episode Statistics (HES).

Each month, the NHS Information Centre selects a particular disease area to analysie alongside the overall monthly HES figures. Asthma was selected for the information published in November.

Today's provisional report shows that in the 12 months to 31 July 2011:

  • There were 68,532 finished admission episodes (FAEs) with the primary diagnosis of asthma, compared with 67,382 between August 2009 and July 2010, representing a 1.7 per cent increase. This compares to a 1.2 per cent rise for admissions of all types in the same period.
  • Females accounted for 56.9 per cent of episodes (39,004), while males accounted for 43.1 per cent (29,525) FAEs.
  • Those aged 16 and under incurred the highest number of admission episodes - 40 per cent (27,650) of admissions.

In terms of regional and local variation:

  • North West Strategic Health Authority (SHA) provisionally recorded 12,110 asthma admissions (175 per 100,000 of the population) in the 12 months to July 2011. This compares to an average (based on all 10 SHAs) of 6,810 admissions, or 130 per 100,000 of the population.

  • Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust had the highest admission rate by population of any Primary Care Trust (PCT) in the country; at 307 admissions per 100,000 (430 admissions in total), while Hampshire PCT had the highest number of admissions in total (1,570, or 121 per 100,000 of the population).

  • South West SHA recorded the lowest rate of admissions by population, at 104 per 100,000 (5,460 admissions). North East SHA recorded the lowest total number of admissions (3,890); although this is the second highest rate by population at 149 per 100,000.

  • Isle Of Wight NHS PCT recorded the lowest number of admissions (93) and the lowest number of admissions (66) per 100,000 of the population.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “These figures only reflect the most serious of asthma cases, where the patient needs to be admitted to hospital, and it is important to bear in mind that different regions may have different approaches to managing asthma in primary and secondary care.

“Nevertheless, today's report does point to the North West as a hot spot for asthma admissions; information which will be of key interest to health professionals and the NHS, as well as the wider public.”#

> Read the Information Centre news story on asthma (with notes)

> Go to the Provisional Monthly HES publication page