Twas the night before Christmas …

This year we have gone with a christmas poem theme to present facts and figures about NHS hospitals, with all the figures below relating to admissions recorded in England in 2012-13.


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

Or at least we hope not as bites and strikes from mammals (including dogs and rats) led to 9,010 hospital admissions.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there

Hopefully not hung too close to the chimney as there were 290 hospital admissions following exposure to an uncontrolled fire in a building.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads

Although easy on the sugar as tooth decay (also known as dental caries) led to over 100,000 hospital admissions (105,730).

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap

A winter's nap, something almost 30,000 people in England were deprived of as hospitals saw to 29,160 admissions for sleep disorders.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot

We hope the tarnish on St Nick's suit hadn't involved falling from a tree, unlike the 900 cases admitted to hospital for this.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath

Easy on the festive cigars as there were 856,020 admissions for respiratory conditions last year.

He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly

We wonder if St Nick will make a New Year's resolution to become more active like the rest of us, perhaps even join a gym! But be careful not to overdo it as overexertion and strenuous or repetitive movements led to 10,880 admissions to hospital last year.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk

Father Christmas was certainly a hard-worker but he learnt the value of taking a break too (the other 364 days of the year) which is important as stress was the reason behind 5,780 admissions in 2012-13.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

We hope the springing and flying were done cautiously as hospitals saw 90,060 cases of slips, trips and stumbles and 7,030 admissions for falls on ice and snow.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from HSCIC


Source: HSCIC



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