Primary care

As described above, children and young people aged 5-19 registered with a Hackney or City of London GP attend, on average, 1.4 appointments with a GP per year. The average number of GP appointments in England among school-aged children is between two and three per year, which is higher than in Hackney and the City. 1

Secondary care

Nationally, around half of children under one year of age will visit A&E each year. 2 Directly comparable data are not available locally, but the number of attendances of infants under one to HUHFT A&E is equivalent to 1.6 per child per year.

As described previously, nationally the most common causes of attendance at A&E or emergency hospital admission in children aged four and under are gastroenteritis, lower respiratory tract infections and injuries. Emergency admissions of Hackney and City children aged four and under at HUHFT also most commonly involve respiratory conditions and then infectious diseases, but accidents and injuries are relatively less common, with perinatal conditions being the third most important reason locally (see Figure 5 in the Inequalities section).

References

  1. Public Health England, “Early Years High Impact Area 5 – Managing minor illness and reducing accidents (reducing hospital attendance / admissions),” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/413133/2902452_Early_Years_Impact_5_V0_1W.pdf. [Accessed July 2016]
  2. Public Health England, “Early Years High Impact Area 5 – Managing minor illness and reducing accidents (reducing hospital attendance / admissions),” [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/413133/2902452_Early_Years_Impact_5_V0_1W.pdf. [Accessed July 2016]