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Varicose Veins

Question for Department of Health

UIN 207837, tabled on 2 September 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged (a) 30 to 40, (b) 41 to 60 and (c) over 60 have been diagnosed with varicose veins in each of the last three years.

Answered on

9 September 2014

This information in not available in the format requested.

In the following table, we have provided information concerning the number of finished admission episodes (FAEs)1 with a primary diagnosis2 of varicose veins3 for the years 2010-11 to 2012-134 for patients aged (a) 30 to 40, (b) 41 to 60 and (c) over 60.

This is not a count of people as the same person may have had more than one episode of care within the same time period. We are not able to identify newly diagnosed cases, and have reported on hospital activity where the patient is receiving treatment for this condition. Additionally, this data only includes hospitalised cases and does not include those treated in primary care.



30 - 40

41 - 60

61 and over













Activity in English NHS Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector


1A finished admission episode (FAE) is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. FAEs are counted against the year or month in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the period.

2The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and 7 prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.

3Codes used to identify varicose veins include varicose veins of lower extremities, oesophageal varices, varicose veins of other sites, varicose veins of lower extremity in pregnancy, and genital varices in pregnancy.

4HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre