The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published their annual report on hospital admission statistics, with this edition of the report focussing specifically on hospital dentistry.
The key facts from the report are:
- The figure of finished admission episodes (FAEs) for which the primary diagnosis was for dentistry has remained largely consistent with recent years with 235,554. The most common diagnosis in these cases was “dental caries” which accounted for 47% (110,590) of FAEs.
- There were 217,412 FAEs for which the main operative procedure was dental, again largely consistent with previous years. The most common procedure was “surgical removal of tooth” which accounted for 51% (111,171) of FAEs.
- The count of FAEs with a primary diagnosis of dentistry for all ages was highest in the London Area Team (51,996) whilst the highest rate of admissions (771 FAEs per 100,000 people) was in the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Team
- The number of A&E attendances for dental treatment has decreased by 16% from the 12 months April 2011 to March 2012.
- A greater proportion of admissions of dentistry come from more deprived areas, with 28% of dentistry admissions across all ages coming from the 20% most deprived areas nationally. This is even more pronounced for under 15s, with 35% of admissions coming from the 20% most deprived areas.
Other highlights of the report include: a sharp increase in implantation of tooth (up 26%) and the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Team also featured worst in terms of children’s hospital admissions (1,961 FAEs per 100,000 population).