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Recent trends in hospital use by children in England
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    Let's not forget adolescents when planning children's inpatient services
    • Russell Viner, Consultant in Adolescent Medicine & Endocrinology

    Dear Editor

    I am disappointed that MacFaul and Wernecke's otherwise excellent article on trends in hospital use by children did not address inpatient bed use by adolescents. The need for separate inpatient facilities for adolescents is well-documented[1,2] is supported by over 80% of Paediatric Clinical Directors in the UK (unpublished survey by the InterCollegiate Working Party on Adolescent Health: J. Tripp), an...

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    Recent trends in hospital use by children in England

    Dear Editor,

    We congratulate MacFaul and Werneke[1] on showing that large numbers of well newborn infants artificially inflate the statistics of hospital admissions of children. We can provide data on admission to hospital in the first month of life.

    By examining all hospital databases within the Northern region we identified 1897 possible admissions to hospital of babies under the age of 29 days duri...

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