More and more children in Hounslow are ending up in hospital due to deliberate and unintentional injuries.
Young people in the borough are at their highest risk in six years of being admitted to hospital due to injuries caused by road traffic accidents, trips and falls, as well as assaults.
According to data from Public Health England (PHE), newborn babies to children aged four were admitted to hospital 252 times due to such injuries in 2015/16.
This was a rate of 117 admissions per 10,000 children in this age group, the highest rate since at least 2010/11.
Hounslow also recorded the highest rate of admissions in six years for young people under 15, with 552 admissions in 2015/16.
This was at a rate of 96.7 admissions per 10,000 children in this age group.
Across England, admissions of injured children aged zero to four fell to their lowest rate since 2010/11, at 129.6 per 10,000 in 2015/16.
In total there were 44,524 admissions during that period across the country.
There were 102,036 children under 15 who ended up in hospital, a rate of 104.8 per 10,000 children.
PHE says injuries are a leading cause of hospitalisation and represent a major cause of premature mortality for children and young people.
They are also a source of long-term health issues, including mental health related to the experience.
Dr Marilena Korkodilos, deputy director for specialist public health services and children and young people’s lead at PHE London, said: “Public Health England London is working with the Healthy London Partnership and partners across the capital to help ensure every child stays healthy and that if a child does require admission to hospital, they receive the best possible care.”
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