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Scotland has some of the best health service data in the world. Few other countries have information which combines high quality data, consistency, national coverage and the ability to link data to allow patient based analysis and follow up. The Information Services Division (ISD) is a division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland. ISD provides health information, health intelligence, statistical services and advice that support the NHS in progressing quality improvement in health and care and facilitates robust planning and decision making.

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Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

A study looking at patient outcomes after vaginal mesh surgery for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse has been published in The Lancet. The study was led by ISD in conjunction with doctors and academics from across Scotland.

Further information on the study
[21 December 2016]

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs user survey launched. Help us improve NHS Performs to best meet your performance information needs.

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NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 05 February 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 06 February 2017
  • Delayed Discharges for December 2016

NHS Performs

NHS Performs is a website which brings together a range of information on how hospitals and NHS Boards within NHSScotland are performing. It aims to provide this information in an easy to access, clear and understandable way.
[14 February 2017]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 14 February 2017
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The Information Services Division has released NHSScotland prescribing data for October 2016 in two formats - practice level Open Data and an interactive dashboard.

Published: 14 February 2017
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In December 2016, 45,067 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.

There were 1,333 people delayed at the December 2016 census. Of these:

  • 69% were aged 75 and over.
  • 22% people had specific complex care needs.
  • 13% were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment.
  • 24% were awaiting completion of arrangements for social care support (e.g. carer) in order to live in their own home.
  • 24% were awaiting place availability in a care home.
Published: 14 February 2017
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During the week ending 5 February 2017:

  • There were 25,135 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 91.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 196 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 28 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 07 February 2017
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  • For the latest two-year reporting period uptake was 57.0% which was slightly lower than the uptake reported for the period 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2015 (57.7%).
  • Uptake of bowel screening is higher in women (60.1%) than men (53.8%).
  • Uptake in the most deprived areas was 44.2% compared with 66.2% in the least deprived areas.
  • The percentage of positive test results was higher in men (2.5%) than women (1.7%).
  • Cancer detection was slightly higher in men (6.7%) than women (6.1%).
  • Three out of five screen detected cancers (61.1%) were diagnosed at the earliest two stages. The earlier a cancer is detected the greater the chances are of successful treatment.
Published: 07 February 2017
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  • More than one in four children from the most deprived areas (26%) had at least one developmental concern identified in the 27-30 month review compared to one in nine for the least deprived areas (11%).
  • Eighteen percent of children had at least one developmental concern identified, and boys (23%) were more likely to have a concern than girls (13%).
  • Speech, language and communication was the developmental domain where most concerns were identified. Eleven percent of children had a newly identified concern in this domain, and 2% had a known concern prior to their review.
  • The coverage of the 27-30 month review in Scotland has remained broadly similar since the review began in April 2013 (87% in 2013/14 compared to 88% in 2015/16).
  • Nearly one in four (24%) children reported as ‘Asian’ had at least one concern compared to nearly one in five (19%) for the ‘White Scottish’ ethnic group.
  • Children who were ‘looked after’ by a local authority (27%) were more likely to have at least one developmental concern identified compared to those who were not ‘looked after’ by a local authority (18%).
Published: 07 February 2017
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during December 2016 was 27,153 a decrease of 8.6% from 29,706 during December 2015.
  • 2,738 operations (10.1% of planned operations) were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, ranging from 5.2% to 19.0% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 2,921 (9.8%) in December 2015.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,084 (4.0%) were cancelled by the patient; 920 (3.4%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 644 (2.4%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 90 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 07 February 2017
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During December 2016:

  • There were 130,848 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 92.6% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 891 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 144 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 27.1% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 07 February 2017
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During the week ending 29 January 2017:

  • There were 23,896 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 170 patients (0.7%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 21 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 31 January 2017
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During the week ending 22 January 2017:

  • There were 23,560 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 188 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 26 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

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ISD works with information collected about patients and the NHSScotland workforce. We work very hard to ensure the safe and secure storage, use and management of that information.

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Media Monitoring

If you would like to know more about what is going on in the health service, you may be interested in Information Services Library's media monitoring service. This provides twice daily updates on health related stories being reported in the Scottish media.

Media Monitoring

National Data Catalogue

The National Data Catalogue (NDC) is a single definitive resource of information on Scottish Health and Social Care datasets that incorporates the Data Dictionary, information on the National Datasets and New Developments.

Visit the NDC website

ScotPHO

ScotPHO, The Scottish Public Health ObservatoryThe Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO) is a major web resource that has been developed by ISD Scotland in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland and other key national organisations.

Visit the ScotPHO website

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