ANNUAL hospital admission rates in Sunderland have seen the biggest dip in the region.
There were 96,445 “admission episodes” within the city between April 2013 and March 2014, a drop from the previous year’s 99,922 admissions.
We work closely with City Hospitals Sunderland to ensure that admissions are carefully managedDr Tracey Lucas
The 3.28 per cent dip is the highest in the region, with the majority of the area seeing an increase in admissions, according to the figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Health bosses say the decline is due to a number of factors including planned admissions plus working with GPS and community nursing teams to avoid hospital visits.
Dr Tracey Lucas, GP executive lead for urgent care for NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We work closely with City Hospitals Sunderland to ensure that admissions are carefully managed and only take place when they are absolutely appropriate. That includes ensuring plans are in place to offer outpatient care and avoid overnight stays where possible.
“We have also worked in partnership with GPs and community nursing services to reduce the need for admissions by further developing out of hospital care.
“Our own figures show that we have made a real impact in shifting the balance towards planned admissions, which means a reduction in emergency admissions and better care for patients.”
The visits which are classed as a ‘finished admission episodes’ are the patient’s first period of admitted care under one consultant within one healthcare provider.
Admissions do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. The city’s admission rates work out as 349.3 per 100,000 of the population.