Table 1

Description of sample (n = 887)

Total (%)
Age (n = 882)
 ⩽ 1 year37.0
 > 1 year and ⩽ 3 years27.0
 > 3 years36.1
Carstairs score (n = 800)
 ⩽ −3 (affluent)10.1
 −3 to ⩽ 355.2
 > 3 (deprived)34.7
Time of admission (n = 736)
 Day (08:00–17:59)46.8
(34 admissions/hour)
 Evening (18:00–21:59)29.2
(54 admissions/hour)
 Night (22:00–07:59)24.0
(18 admissions/hour)
Route of admission (n = 845)
 GP and other (other 5.2%)67.2
 Accident and emergency32.8
Time ill before presentation (n = 761)
 ⩽ 6 hours26.4
 > 6 hours and ⩽ 24 hours18.4
 > 24 hours55.2
Associated medical problem (n = 728)
 No87.6
 Yes12.4
Past illness (n = 780)
 No68.5
 Yes31.5
Length of stay (n = 777)
 ⩽ 24 hours24.1
 > 24 hours75.9
Presenting problem (n = 842)
 Breathing difficulty24.5
 Fit16.1
 Fever15.2
 Other14.1
 Feeding difficulty12.1
 Diarrhoea 8.9
 Ingestion 6.4
 Abdominal pain 2.8
  • Varying totals result from data collection deficits.