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Thousands hurt falling out of bed

Published 14/06/2011 | 10:59

20,000 people a year swap their own bed for a hospital bed after falling out and getting injured
20,000 people a year swap their own bed for a hospital bed after falling out and getting injured

More than 20,000 people a year are admitted to hospital after falling out of bed.

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Another 12,000 are admitted after falling from a chair and 6,400 after falling from or on to ladders.

Some 1,200 people need hospital treatment after falling out of a tree while 170 are admitted after falling from cliffs.

The figures for England were released by the NHS Information Centre and cover March 2010 to February this year.

Overall, falls accounted for almost 460,000 admissions to hospital - roughly 18,700 more than in the previous year.

People in the South East were more likely to be admitted, while women over 80 made up the biggest group of patients.

Overall, the number of people attending A&E is rising across England.

In 2010/11 there were 16.2 million A&E attendances, up from 15.5 million in the previous year.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: "Our figures show a rise in the number of hospital admissions for falls - from those who fall out of bed to people taking a tumble out of a tree.

"Whilst falls are common and often minor, the report highlights the number of hospital admissions due to injuries from falls, particularly among women over 80, who represent nearly a third of all such admissions."

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