All you want for Christmas… are a few festive facts from HSCIC

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All you want for Christmas… are a few festive facts from HSCIC

 Some tenuously festive figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

This year we have gone with a bit of a musical “hit” theme to present facts and figures about NHS hospitals, with all the figures below relating to admissions recorded in England in 2011-12.

Frosty the snowman

Is obviously a top notch professional when it comes to being a bit chilly without the need for hospitalisation – unlike the 40 cases of frostbite that did require an admission.

Step into Christmas

In a sensible pair of shoes, we hope (flats can still be sparkly). 4,310 admissions were for falls on ice and snow, while 91,780 were for falls on the same level due to slipping, tripping or stumbling. Unfortunately, we don’t actually know how many of these falls were stiletto-induced.

I wish it could be Christmas every day

Do you really? After all, this could mean glam rock tracks assaulting your ears 365 days of the year. Of course, we aren’t suggesting Wizzard contributed to the 17,170 migraine admissions and 60,520 admissions for headaches.

Mistletoe and wine

Steady on the wine though… and the port…and the turkey sandwiches… and the rest. Hospitals admitted 1,300 cases due to the toxic effect of alcohol, 660 cases with a primary diagnosis of salmonella, 2,840 cases of heartburn and 4,920 cases of gout.

Another sprout anyone…?

Baby it’s cold outside…

Do check the dosage though if you develop a bit of a sniffle. There were 270 admissions for poisoning caused by anti-common cold drugs.

I believe in Father Christmas

But staying up late to witness the big man coming down the chimney may not help on the sleep front. Hospitals dealt with 29,230 admissions for sleep disorders.

Cruise into Christmas (thanks to Jane Macdonald’s 1998 medley)

…in a sublime, elegant fashion hopefully; which wasn’t quite the case for the 4,620 admissions for falls on ice skates, skis, roller skates or skateboards.

A Wombling Merry Christmas…

However, enjoy the countryside responsibly while indulging in wombling across the common (or indeed any open patch of land). Hospitals admitted 38 cases where the primary diagnosis was toxic effect of ingested berries, along with 75 cases where the primary diagnosis was toxic effect of ingested mushrooms. Leave those fungi alone Orinoco.

Wonderful Christmas time…

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


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