County’s record high in hospital admissions for alcoholic illnesses

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Lancashire has one of the highest rates of emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease in the country, new figures show.

Latest statistics show that around about nine people per week (38.9 admissions per 100,000 of the population) were admitted to hospital in the county.

Areas of the North West and North East of England were found to have the highest rate of emergency admissions.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published a regional map of emergency admissions alongside new data at national, Area Team and Clinical Commissioning Group level.

The provisional data shows that nationally, hospitals admitted 10,500 cases of alcohol-related liver disease between April 2013 and March 2014.

That equates to just over 200 admissions a week.

The area teams with the highest rate of emergency hospital admissions among the adult population in the same time period were Greater Manchester at 45.8 admissions per 100,000 of the population; Merseyside (41.3); and Lancashire (38.9) admissions.

The area teams with the lowest rate were: Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire (14.7); Wessex (14.7); and Hertfordshire and the South Midlands (15.1).

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “This map paints a powerful picture of one of the many impacts that alcohol has on patients and the NHS in this country.”

He added: “It should act as a basis to help the NHS commission services effectively.”

No-one was available to comment on the figures at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.