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By using 2016-17 hospital admission statistics, Headway has compiled the first dataset on all Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)-related hospital admissions in the UK. This includes non-superficial head injuries, strokes, brain tumours, encephalitis and a number of other conditions.

This is the first time ABI incident rates in the UK have been published and it highlights the number of people sustaining brain injuries is a constantly rising statistic that continues to grow each year.

The key findings for 2016-17 are as follows:

  • In 2016-17, there were 348,453 UK admissions to hospitals with brain injuries, which equals 531 admissions per 100,000 of the population.
  • ABI admissions have increased by 10% since 2005-06.
  • There are approximately 954 ABI admissions each day in UK hospitals – or one every 90 seconds.
  • There were 155,919 admissions for head injuries, which equates to 427 every day, or one every three minutes.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely than women to be admitted for a head injury. However, the number of female head injuries have risen by 23% since 2005-06.
  • There were 132,199 admissions for stroke in 2016—17 which is an increase of 10% from 2005-06.

These incredible statistics are increasing on a yearly basis, which is now becoming a concern. The number of males admitted to hospitals with brain injuries hit it’s highest in 2011-12 at 200,650 whereas the women are a little more recent in 2015-16 at 156,804, but overall, the statistics aren’t improving.

Alan Tenant, the Emertius Professor of Rehabilitation Studies at the University of Leeds said: “Headway’s work does provide the clearest picture to date of the pool of people who require support, from short-term advice and information to long-term inpatient rehabilitation”.

Headway has an approved panel of solicitors who they recommend working with to help clients overcome any injuries that may not have been their fault, Pryers is one of these approved select few solicitors.

You can find the full 2016-17 hospital admission statistics by visiting the Headway website.

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