RoSPA Safer Fireworks

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Northern Ireland 2008 - Notes

  1. This information is collected via a special manual exercise carried out by A&E staff. It is conducted around a fixed four or five week period in order to minimise the data collection burden on staff and to ensure comparability from year to year. It does not therefore include injuries from fireworks outside the survey period and will not include injuries which were not sufficiently serious to warrant attendance at an A&E Department or Minor Injuries Unit.

  2. The source of the information is the annual Fireworks Injuries return FWK 1.

  3. All persons reporting to hospital Accident and Emergency Departments and Minor Injuries Units for the first time with an injury caused directly by fireworks are included in the return.

  4. Follow-up attendances at Accident and Emergency Departments and attendances at Minor Injuries Units on referral from Accident and Emergency Departments are not included.

  5. The return for the year 2007 covered a four week period from Wednesday 17th October to Wednesday 14th November inclusive. Information for previous years reported in this release covers four- or five-week periods around Halloween.

  6. Recording of information on the place where injury occurred and type of firework involved was not mandatory.

  7. In accordance with the Review of Public Administration, with effect from the 1st April 2007, five new integrated Health and Social Care Trusts (Belfast, Northern, South Eastern, Southern and Western) replaced the previous provider Trusts in Northern Ireland. Table 3b reports the number of people presenting themselves to hospital by New Trust.

Additional Information

Further information on fireworks injuries in Northern Ireland is available from:

Office Information Manager
Hospital Information Branch
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Annexe 2
Castle Buildings
Tel. 028 9052 2800

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