Oliver Colvile – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Oliver Colvile on 2015-01-14.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency have been diagnosed with chest infections in 2014.

Jane Ellison

There is no national system currently for collecting data relating to diagnoses of chest infections specifically. However, we are able to provide the latest data on patients admitted to hospital with two of the infections that are relevant, namely upper respiratory tract infections and lower respiratory tract infections. These are provided in the table below. The data do not include infections treated by general practitioner practices.

In terms of information on chest infections in Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, data collections systems do not exist to provide the requested data at constituency level.

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) for England. Inpatient Statistics 2012/13 for England.

Summary code

Primary diagnosis and description

Finished consultant episodes


Acute upper respiratory infections



Other acute lower respiratory infections


Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre. HES.


A “finished consultant episode” is an inpatient or day case episode where the patient has completed a period of care under a consultant and is either transferred to another consultant or discharged.