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The importance of currency in data trends
  1. Damian Roland1,4,
  2. Muhammad Waseem Shahzad2,
  3. Ffion Davies3,4
  1. 1Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leics, UK
  2. 2East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster, University of Leicester, Leicester, Leics, UK
  3. 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Leicester, Leics, UK
  4. 4Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, University of Leicester, Leis, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Damian Roland, Emergency Department Secretaries c/o Elizabeth Cadman-Moore, Emergency Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, Leics LE1 5WW, UK; dr98{at}

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The recent paper by Gill et al1 adds further weight to the belief that more can be done to prevent children with acute illnesses being admitted to hospital. They report a year-on-year rise in admissions to hospital, generally made up of young infants with short-lived episodes. This information is vital as health services, commissioners and governments must have up-to-date data on the trends in the use of the services by …

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