Sharp object assaults rise
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.