GAs for dental extractions in children on increase

GAs for dental extractions in children on increase

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has published data which show that there were 14,445 cases among children aged under five, being admitted to hospital for extractions under general anaesthetic in 2014/2015. Among those aged six to 10, there were a further 19,336 cases. Overall in 2014/15, there were 33,781 cases. This is up from 32,741 in 2013/14 and 31,275 in 2012/13. There were also 30,761 cases in 2011/12.

In 2014/15, some 15,800 episodes of care were for girls aged 10 and under, while 17,981 were for boys.

London had the most children needing hospital admission as an inpatient for tooth decay in 2014/15, with 8,362 cases. In the North West, there were 6,672 cases, and 6,413 in Yorkshire and the Humber. The North East experienced 1,679 cases, while the East Midlands had 1,320 and the West Midlands 1,707. There were 1,328 cases in the East of England, 3,042 in the South East and 3,255 in the South West.

The worst hotspots were Sheffield, followed by Doncaster, Rotherham and Liverpool.

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