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9 people a day in Suffolk admitted to hospital with acquired brain injury

9 people a day in Suffolk admitted to hospital with acquired brain injury

Nine people every day are being admitted to hospital in Suffolk with an acquired brain injury, new hospital admission statistics from Headway reveals.

Data shows that 3,283 people were admitted to hospital in Suffolk in 2019-20, with males accounting for 51.42%. Head injuries (39.9%) and strokes (39.6%) continue to be the most prevalent causes of acquired brain injury in the county, which mirrors the UK picture.

There has been a 13% increase in all ABI admissions in Suffolk in the last ten years, when there were 2,902 admissions to hospital in 2009-10.

Headway has updated its hospital admission statistics, revealing a concerning ongoing trend in the incidence of acquired brain injury in the UK.

Data from 2019-20 highlights that in the UK there is still one admission to hospital for brain injury every 90 seconds, one head injury every three minutes and one stroke every four minutes.

The increase in hospital admissions for brain injuries provides an up-to-date picture of the scale of the problem and further reinforces a continuing need for appropriate support services. Many of those admitted to hospital with a brain injury related primary diagnosis will experience long-term difficulties and require some form of rehabilitation and support.

These figures are a vital resource for those involved in developing the UK government’s ABI strategy, to which Headway is contributing. The statistics also provide accurate data with which to approach commissioners and evidence the need for sustain.

Article by Headway Suffolk

Headway Suffolk is a leading charity that supports adults with brain injury, stroke and neurological conditions and their families in Suffolk through a wide-range of rehabilitation and therapy services.