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Self harm admissions up 10 per cent


Hospital admissions for intentional self harm have increased by nearly 10,000 – just over 10 per cent – in three years, according to a report by the NHS Information Centre.

There were 104,340 admissions for intentional self harm in 2009-10, a 9,960 rise on 2006-07, according to Provisional Monthly Hospital Episode Statistics for admitted patient care, outpatient and accident and emergency data – April to July 2010.

Provisional monthly data from August 2008 to July 2010 also highlights early summer as a hotspot for higher than average admissions, while December has the lowest number of recorded admissions.


Readers' comments (8)

  • so what's the increase for suicides? the only 2 suicides i have personally known have happened in the last 3 months...

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  • And....? This is one of those statistics that needs more information to be meaningful. Are there more incidences of self-harm requiring admission? are people (+/- health professionals) more aware of when to seek help? Are people ending up in A&E due to cuts in MH service hours so that's now place to go out-of-hours? Is it the 'recession depression' effect? Why were they admitted - for physical effects, MH reasons or as took more than 4hrs for psych assessment? Does the decrease in December mean campaigns by e.g. Samaritans at that time of year are having an impact, that the long-held 'Xmas as risk factor' is wrong, or that criteria for keeping people in in December change due to bed pressures?
    Statistics, and stories such as these need to be far more than just giving us the numbers.

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  • In a professional journal for nurses articles need to be informative and not just a collection of sensational headlines attributed by the Nursing Times editors. These fail to impress and are totally unhelpful to those working in healthcare.

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  • As a psychiatric nurse I have notice more admissions due to self harming, this should be taken more seriously as the self haming appears to be more life threatening. However it must be pointed out that some of these admissions could be avoided if the patient had the correct service available when needed eg having access to quick appointment with the GP being able to talk to a psychiatric nurse or being able to have a short admission available when needed not having to wait it is a dire emergency then having to be assess in A+E by the crisis team, liason team and duty doctor then waiting to know if there is a bed to be admitted to. So what is the solution?

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  • besides day services, there should be an out of hours emergency service with specialist staff who have the time to talk to, understand and treat these highly vulnerable patients. GPs often do not have time or specialist training to meet their needs.

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  • More information required on this subject area, this article seemed to have been interesting however when you open it up there is nothing but a few sentences!

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  • Anonymous | 10-Feb-2013 3:01 pm

    why are you worrying about information from an article published in November 2010? This information would be completely out of date by now. How about researching it for yourself on the internet to see if there is any more further information which is up to date?

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  • Anonymous | 10-Feb-2013 4:25 pm

    from Anonymous | 10-Feb-2013 3:01 pm

    might help with what you are looking for. the information is organised by date.

    HES online NHS
    2011-12 Month 6 topic of interest - Intentional self harm

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