Hospital admissions from child accidents

November 2012

Below you will find a graph showing the rate of hospital admissions (for under-15s) due to accidents from 2003-2008.

Hospital admissions data can usually give us a better picture of the number of children having accidents than the mortality rate - because the numbers are much higher, changes are more noticeable. For instance, a death rate that falls by half might not be statistically significant if the baseline number of deaths was 2. However, a halving of the hospital admissions figures, which are much greater, marks a significant and valuable difference.

View hospital admissions by local authority

One of the best ways to examine these figures is via the South West Public Health Observatory (SWPHO) Hospital Admissions tool. The tool gives you a detailed look at your region, allowing you to view the rate of emergency hospital admissions for all local authorities. If you want to compare your Local Authority’s accident rate with that of other LAs in your region, this tool can give you an accurate picture of where you fit in.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that this data covers all injuries – intentional and unintentional. This means that while the data can give you a good picture of the rate of admissions in your area, not all of those admissions are as a result of accidental injury.

For a more general picture on hospital admissions by region, below is a chart that shows you the rate of injury-related hospital admissions in each of the English regions from 2003-2008. As above, the numbers include deliberate as well as accidental injuries, and refer to children and young people aged between 0-17.

Emergency hospital admissions rates for child accidents

If you are looking for specific figures, the table below shows the number of hospital admissions due to injury for the years 2003-2008, for children between the ages of 0-17.

Hospital admissions 2003-2008

Region 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08
East Midlands 11,346 11,159 11,293 11,736 11,500
East of England 12,508 12,142 11,726 12,266 12,179
London 14,281 14,759 15,579 15,674 15,927
North East 8,659 8,487 8,661 8,724 8,783
North West 21,349 21,200 21,552 22,786 22,218
South East 19,126 19,727 21,491 21,326 21,353
South West 12,339 12,748 13,55113,36912,919
West Midlands 14,179 13,610 14,640 14,512 13,798
Yorkshire and Humberside 14,938 14,749 14,64315,01815,064

Totals for England



The chart at the top of the page comes from the South West Public Health Observatory (SWPHO) Hospital Admissions tool. The table of data is taken from a different set published online by the SWPHO, which gives the overall number of admissions due to injury.

Click on the link below to download a spreadsheet with a copy of the chart and the information.

How many children are admitted to hospital because of accidents? (Accessible format)

Updated June 2013