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Dog bite cases fall
8:30am Saturday 11th August 2012 in News
HOSPITAL admissions for patients suffering from dog bites are low in Swindon and Wilt-shire compared to other areas nationally.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre released figures this week which show that numbers in the town have decreased slightly since last year, with 13 admissions from May 2011 to April 2012.
Last year, Swindon PCT recorded a total of 16 admissions for dog bite and strike injuries.
Wiltshire as a whole recorded 72 admissions this year compared to 73 last year, while Oxfordshire PCT had more than double with 161 this year and 119 last year.
A spokesperson for NHS Swindon said: “We are pleased the number of admissions relating to dog bites in Swindon is lower than average, and that we are well equipped to help those who are affected by these injuries, both by treating the injury and helping the recovery of each patient.”
The figures were released just two months after two-year-old Keiron Guess of Moredon was attacked by a neighbour’s dog.
The toddler, of Swanage Walk, Moredon, underwent a 10-hour operation to reconstruct his face following the attack by a neighbour’s dog on June 3.
Last weekend, the community in Moredon rallied around the family during a fun day which raised more than £2,000 for Keiron.
But despite the figures for Swindon shrinking, the national picture is not so positive.
Admissions for dog bites in England have risen by more than five per cent on last year.
The figures show that 6,450 people were admitted during the 12 months to April this year, compared with 6,130 the previous year.
The worst-affected group was children aged under 10, who accounted for more than 1,000 admissions.
Three-quarters of those children needed surgery.
Of the 1,040 admissions among children aged under 10 for dog bites and strikes, 494 admissions were for plastic surgery and 278 were to the oral and facial surgery unit.
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