Anxiety figures on the increase
THE number of people in Leicestershire going to hospital with anxiety has soared.
New figures show there were around 9,220 occasions on which people were treated at University Hospitals of Leicester in 2017/18 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of anxiety.
That was up by a fifth from around 7,805 episodes in 2016/17 - and is nearly four times higher than the figure of around 2,595 in 2010/11.
It means one in 35 treatment episodes last year at University Hospitals of Leicester involved people suffering from anxiety.
Within the total, around 1,375 episodes involving anxious patients were people aged 50 to 59, while around 1,255 were aged 70 to 79.
While older patients are the most likely to suffer from anxiety, the biggest increase has been in the youngest age groups.
The number of episodes involving patients aged between 20 and 29 with a primary or secondary diagnosis of anxiety has gone up from around 175 in 2010/11 to around 1,255 in 2017/18.
Not all of the people will have been treated for anxiety, as it may have been a secondary diagnosis alongside other conditions.
Doctors can record up to 20 diagnosis per patient. The primary diagnosis is the main condition treated or investigated and is the first one listed, with other medical conditions and factors influencing health that are considered to be clinically relevant also included.
The figures are based on finished consultant episodes (FCE), which are a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant.
Figures for trusts are rounded to avoid identifying individual patients.
Individual patients may have more than one FCE in a year, including more than one in the same hospital stay.