HC Deb 12 May 1998 vol 312 cc100-1W
Mr. Waterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received treatment at Eastbourne District General Hospital in each of the last five years. [41475]

Mr. Milburn

Information on numbers and patients treated is not collected centrally. In-patient activity is recorded in terms of finished consultant episodes (FCEs), and outpatient activity is recorded in terms of consultant outpatient attendances.

The information provided in the table is for Eastbourne Hospitals National Health Service Trust. The trust consists of Eastbourne District General Hospital and All Saints Hospital. A breakdown of the information between the hospitals is not available centrally, but may be available from the Chief Executive of the trust.

Data are taken from the publications, "Ordinary and day case admissions for England" and "Outpatients and ward attenders for England", 1996–97, copies of which are available in the Library.

Table: Finished consultant episodes and first consultant outpatient attendances for Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust, 1992–93 to 1996–97
Finished consultant episodes
Year Ordinary admissions Day case admissions First consultant outpatient attendances
1992–93 30,163 5,040 134,861
1993–94 31,434 6,554 135,800
1994–95 31,707 7,140 136,074
1995–96 34,866 8,226 134,971
1996–97 32,273 10,026 138,864


Finished consultant episode data—Department of Health form KP70.

Consultant outpatient data—Department of Health form KHO9

Mr. Waterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients(a) are currently awaiting admission and (b) were awaiting admission on 1 May 1997 to Eastbourne District General Hospital. [41468]

Mr. Milburn

Waiting list information collected centrally shows the number of patients waiting at the end of each quarter and how long they had been waiting broken down by 3 month timebands. Information for 1 May 1997 is not therefore available. On 31 March 1997, there were 4,806 patients awaiting admission to Eastbourne Hospitals National Health Service Trust on either an ordinary or day case basis. The latest information currently available is for 31 December 1997 and this shows 5,079 patients awaiting admission.