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Reasons for Sussex hospital trips in last year revealed
Falling out of a tree, being bitten by a dog and tripping up in the snow are just some of the reasons why accident-prone Sussex residents are ending up in hospital.
Hundreds of people have headed to the county’s accident and emergency departments in the past 12 months with injuries and other problems serious enough for them to have to be admitted.
Forty-six people across Sussex were hurt falling out of a tree between April 2012 and the end of March, according to figures from the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre.
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A further 452 had to have treatment for doing too much strenuous exercise, including injuries caused at the gym or while out for a run.
More than 4,000 were admitted with broken bones, tendon damage and strains caused by falls with ice and snow causing problems for a further 144 people.
Animal bites Animal-lovers were also in for a bad time with 171 people treated for dog and other animal bites including cats, rabbits and farmyard stock.
Other problems included more than 1,130 people admitted to hospital because they had trouble getting a good night’s sleep due to disorders such as sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome and sleep walking.
A total of 216 ended up having a |hospital stay as a direct result of stress.
The figures are compiled every year by the centre to give people an idea of the types of problems and conditions hospital workers deal with.
A spokesman for the Patient Action Group in Sussex said: “Some of these may seem funny but these are injuries and problems that are serious enough for a person to have to go into hospital and have to stay in rather than be treated in accident and emergency departments and then discharged.
“It shows just how much we rely on hospitals throughout the year and the service they provide.
“It also shows just how much pressure they can face for all sorts of random reasons.”
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