Booze-fuelled assaults putting South Shields hospital under strain

The number of people who need A&E treatment at South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, after an assault is higher than the national average.
The number of people who need A&E treatment at South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, after an assault is higher than the national average.

The number of people needing A&E treatment following an assault in South Tyneside is higher than the national average.

South Tyneside District Hospital in Harton Lane, South Shields, had 101 admissions between May 2014 and April 2015 by people who had been injured after a fight or altercation.

Per 10,000 of the borough’s population this works out at as an admission rate of 6.8 – higher than England’s average of 5.2.

Sunderland had the highest admission rate in the region with 8.9 per 10,000, while Darlington had the lowest with 4.6.

Nationally, assaults by bodily force contributed to 18,135 admission episodes – placing this as the most common method of gaining injuries.

Assaults by a sharp object came in second place with 3,614 admissions, and 2,050 were caused by blunt objects.

Patients were also admitted on 57 occasions for assault by steam and hot objects.

The most common 
type of fracture was to the skull and facial bones, with 7,915 hospital admission relating to these kinds of injuries.