High rate of dog bites

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT -

PARTS of Buck­ing­hamshire have high rates of peo­ple taken to hos­pi­tal for dog bites – and it is get­ting more of a dan­ger across the Thames Val­ley.

There were 60 oc­ca­sions where peo­ple were bit­ten or at­tacked by dogs so badly they had to go to hos­pi­tal in Ayles­bury Vale be­tween March last year and last Fe­bru­ary.

That works out at a rate of 31.3 hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions per 100,000 peo­ple in the area – among the top 10 in the coun­try.

In Chiltern there were 71 hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions due to dog at­tacks at a rate of 22.1 per 100,000 – still higher than all but 23 of more than 200 NHS groups.

Ox­ford­shire had the high­est rate with 264 hos­pi­tal vis­its, a rate of 40.7 per 100,000 peo­ple – the high­est in Eng­land.

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