Booze-fuelled assaults are stretching our A&E services

The University Hospital of North Tees.
The University Hospital of North Tees.
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The number of times assault victims in Hartlepool are turning up at A&E for treatment is higher than the national average.

The University Hospital of North Tees had 211 admissions between May 2014 and April 2015 from people who had been injured after an attack.

We see many people who are victims of an attack.

A spokesman for North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust

It works at as an admission rate of 7.4 per 10,000 of the population – higher than England’s average of 5.2.

Hospital bosses say many patients they deal with are victims of an attack fuelled by alcohol or drugs.

A spokesman for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “We see many people in the accident and emergency department at the University Hospital of North Tees with assault injuries, who are victims of an attack fuelled by alcohol or drugs.”

He added: “We ask every patient who attends the department with assault injuries a number of questions which are set out by the Cardiff Model - this helps provide vital information which could determine whether extra policing would be required in certain areas at certain times to help reduce crime and assaults happening.”

Sunderland had the highest admission rate of 8.9 per 10,000 of the population within the region, while Darlington had the lowest with 4.6.

Nationally assaults by bodily force contributed to 18,135 admission episodes placing this as the most common method of gaining injuries.

While assaults by a sharp object came in second place with 3,614 admissions, and 2,050 were caused by blunt objects. Patients were also admitted 57 times for assault by steam and hot objects.