THE healthcare trust that runs Burton’s Queen’s Hospital made 2,988 admissions during 2011-12 for substance abuse — more than three times the previous year’s figure.
The number of adults being treated by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for substance abuse and alcohol poisoning has risen drastically over the past decade.
The trust made 831 admissions for substance abuse during 2010-11 — a staggering increase on the 165 made during 2002-03.
The figures were released by the Department for Health, which pointed out that the number of admissions was not necessarily equal to the number of individual patients as, in many cases, the same person was admitted multiple times.
Between 2002-03 and 2011-12, the number of substance abuse admissions made by the trust increased every year except one, when the figure remained static.
Meanwhile, admissions for alcohol poisoning also surged. There were 406 such admissions during 2011-12, up from 300 in 2010-11 and a distant cry from the 48 recorded during 2002-03.
There has also been an upward trend in the number of people needing treatment for sharp object wounds, including knife attack injuries.
There were 42 sharp object wound admissions during 2011-12, up from 33 in 2010-11 — and a huge rise from the 14 documented in 2002-03.
Statistics for 2011-12 could have been augmented by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s takeover of two community hospitals in Lichfield and Tamworth, although the trust itself declined to comment directly on the figures.
But published NHS guidance on substance abuse promises light at the end of the tunnel: “The effectiveness of well-delivered, evidence-based treatment for substance misuse is well established.”
THE tranche of Department for Health figures also revealed a worrying number of hospital admissions of children aged under 18 for reasons including alcohol poisoning and knife wounds.
There were 32 admissions of under-18s to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital suffering from sharp object wounds between 2008-09 and 2011-12.
There were also 251 admissions of under-18s for alcohol poisoning between 2002-03 and 2011-12.
The worst year was 2009-10, when the number stood at 44.
There were also 312 admissions during the same period of children suffering from substance abuse symptoms.
2011-12 clocked in as the worst year for child substance misuse admissions when the total hit 53, up from 11 in 2006-07.