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Hospital admissions for violence in west London falls, but figure still higher than national average

Each borough in the area registers above the average for England, according to the Public Health England figures

The number of people admitted into hospital in Hammersmith and Fulham as a result of violence is one-and-a-half times higher than the national figure

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) show there were 378 hospital admissions due to violent crime in the area between 2013/14 and 2015/16 - equating to 66.2 admissions per 100,000 people.

But despite being above the average in England, the figure does represent a fall in the borough, with 492 admissions noted between 2010/11 and 2012/13.

The figures only count emergency admissions, with regular and day attenders excluded, as are those who were treated but not admitted.

The numbers do cover those with a primary or secondary diagnosis of an intentional assault.

Across west London, every borough falls higher than the England average, but each area also registers a fall in the latest figures.

Borough

2010/11 - 12/13

2013/14 - 15/16

Change (%) Compared to England ( x higher)
Hammersmith and Fulham 492 378 -23.2 1.5
Kesnington and Chelsea 259 197 -23.9 0.9
Ealing 810 672 -17 1.3
Hounslow 508 417 -17.9 1.1
Harrow 267 228 -14.6 0.7
Brent 573 509 -11.2 1.1
Hillingdon 513 406 -20.9 0.9
Westminster 387 309 -20.2 0.9

PHE said measuring rates of admissions due to violence enables a focus on the interventions that are effective and evidence-based including a greater focus on prevention and treatment, which need to be considered alongside criminal justice measures for a balanced response to the issue.

The NHS contribution to sexual assault services are a public health function.

It is also the government’s strategic ambition, as set out in Call to end violence against women and girls 2010 and successive action plans, to do what it can to contribute to a cohesive and comprehensive response.

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