Hundreds of children hospitalised in the East Riding from injuries, according Public Health England data

Hundreds of children were admitted to hospital with injuries in the East Riding in just one year, figures reveal.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 11:50 am
Public Health England data shows there were 470 hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries to children aged up to 14 in the East Riding in 2019-20. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Images

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) says tens of thousands of parents in England experience their “worst nightmare” each year as they rush a child to the emergency room.

Public Health England data shows there were 470 hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries to children aged up to 14 in the East Riding in 2019-20.

Unintentional injuries – which make up the majority of admissions according to the CAPT – refer to external causes of harm, such as sporting accidents, falls and burns, while deliberate injuries include different types of assaults and deliberate self-harm.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said parents and carers should arm themselves with knowledge and information to protect children from injuries around the house.

Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s public health officer, said: “The odd bruise or scrape is all part of growing up but sadly, accidents involving children continue to devastate lives with those under five particularly at risk.”

Between 2017-18 and 2019-20, the most common unintentional injuries – of those which PHE provides figures on – to toddlers in England came from falls, accidental poisoning and exposure to inanimate mechanical forces, which includes cuts from sharp objects such as knives.

In the East Riding, there were 220, 70 and 90 such incidents respectively during this period.

Article by data reporter Patrick Jack