Sharp object as­saults rise

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AS­SAULTS with knives and other sharp ob­jects led to dozens of hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions for Sur­rey pa­tients last year – the high­est num­ber in five years.

Some 45 peo­ple were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in the Sur­rey Heath Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) area dur­ing 2016/17 due to as­saults in­volv­ing sharp ob­jects.

This was the high­est num­ber of ad­mis­sions recorded in at least five years, and a 45% rise from 31 in 2015/16 and nearly quadru­ple the 12 recorded in 2012/13.

There were 10 ad­mis­sions for as­sault by sharp object in the East Sur­rey CCG area in 2016/17, also a five year high.

And the num­bers for 2016/17 may be even higher as the fig­ures re­leased by NHS Dig­i­tal are still pro­vi­sional.

It said counts pro­duced from pro­vi­sional data are likely to be lower than those gen­er­ated for the same pe­riod in the fi­nal data set.

There may also be er­rors due to cod­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies that have not yet been in­ves­ti­gated and cor­rected if re­quired.

Ad­di­tion­ally, only the first ex­ter­nal cause is counted in the records, and it is not manda­tory to add an ex­ter­nal cause to records, so fig­ures may be higher due to un­der-record­ing.

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