Map charts 'hotspots' in admissions for alcohol-related liver disease

Emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease vary more than three-fold across England, according to a new map designed to help commissioners plan services more effectively.

Emergency admissions for alcohol-related liver disease are highest in the North West of England
Emergency admissions for alcohol-related liver disease are highest in the North West of England

There were 10,500 such admissions in 2013/14, equivalent to 200 each week, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The centre published the figures on a regional map that showed a north-south divide in admission rates. It also released figures by area team and CCG level.

The North West and North East regions of England had the highest rates of admission. Greater Manchester topped the list of area teams with 45.8 admissions per 100,000 population.

In contrast, the Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire area team had just 14.8 per 100,000.

HSCIC chairman 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. This one image depicts what the hundreds of rows of data published today mean for different areas of England.

'The data we have presented today about alcohol related liver disease is the first such provisional data for 2013/14 to be published at such a local level. It should act as basis to help the NHS commission services effectively.'

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