Injuries: secondary care

The ISD publication Unintentional Injuries [547Kb] reports on hospital admissions (until year ending 31 March 2015) related to unintentional injuries and assaults in Scotland.

Key points:

  • Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 8 emergency hospital admissions for children and 1 in 11 for adults in Scotland in 2014/15.
  • There were 54,710 emergency admissions to hospital in Scotland for unintentional injuries in 2014/15; 7,763 in children under the age of 15 and 46,947 in adults aged 15 years of age and over. (Table 2 [78KB])

  • Although the European Age Standardised Rate (EASR) for emergency hospital admissions as a result of an unintentional injury in children has increased over the last two years (from 813 children per 100,000 population in 2012/13 to 895 in 2014/15) the general trend over the last ten years has been decreasing for both males and
    females. (Table 3 – children [70Kb])

  • Fractures and head injuries were the most common main diagnoses among adults and children who were admitted to hospital for an unintentional injury. (Table 11 [174Kb]).

  • In 2014/15 there were 23,632 emergency admissions to hospital for an unintentional injury in those aged 65 and over, with 84% of these admissions being the result of a fall. (Table E1-E2 [8154Kb])

  • Children and adults in the most deprived areas were more likely than those in the least deprived areas to have an emergency admission to hospital for an unintentional injury. In 2014/15 children in the most deprived areas had a standardised discharge ratio approximately 19% higher than the Scottish average. For adults, this was nearly 40% higher than the Scottish average. (Table 9 [132Kb])


The Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) have also carried out analyses on mortality (deaths) and hospital admissions and emergency department attendances from injury/serious injury across England, N Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.