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Small area data for hospital admissions in England has been released on the Neighbourhood Statistics website, which is administered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data focus on eight specific episode diagnoses or operations which generally have a higher prevalence amongst older members of the population. These data, provided by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care, provide information about Hospital Episodes. A Hospital Admission or 'Finished Admission' Episode is defined as the first period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, during the reference period.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Hospital admission episodes; for Government Office Region (GOR), Local Authority District and Middle Layer Super Output Area. Hospital admission episodes by age and sex; for Government Office Region (GOR) and Local Authority District

admission episodes count, diagnosis admission episodes count, operation admission episodes count: by condition and disease

Admissions, hospital, episodes, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, stroke, knee replacement, hip replacement, cataract, coronary heart disease, falls
Identifier Variables
GOR, country
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

All hospital admissions

Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Conditions of Access
Free access
Aylin P, et al. Use of administrative data or clinical databases as predictors of risk of death in hospital: comparison of models. BMJ 2007; 334: 1044