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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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What's New in ISD?

Prescribing Data Consultation

Users and stakeholders of national prescribing data held by the Information Services Division were invited to submit their views on proposed changes to the way in which this information is made available. The consultation ran from mid September 2015 until the end of October 2015. The results and conclusions of this consultation can be found here [79kb].
[18 December 2015]

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 24 January 2016
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 25 January 2016
  • Accident and Emergency activity for December 2015
  • Cancelled Planned Operations information for December 2015

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 provide this information in an easy to access, clear and understandable way.
[2 February 2016]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 02 February 2016
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during December 2015 was 30,002. Of these, 2,920 (9.7%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS Boards ranging from 4.9% to 13.6%. This compares with the same cancellation rate of 9.7% in October and November;
  • Of all planned operations, 1,192 (4.0%) were cancelled by the patient, 956 (3.2%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital and 590 (2.0%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.
Published: 02 February 2016
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In the month of December 2015:

  • There were 125,203 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 94.9% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 631 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 141 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 28% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

For the year ending December 2015:

  • The total number of attendances was 1,592,537. This is 3.2% lower than the previous year (1,645,176).
  • The percentage spending 4 hours or less in an A&E department was 93.3%, slightly higher than the previous year’s value of 92.7%.
Published: 02 February 2016
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During the week ending 24 January 2016:

  • There were 23,990 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 96 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 21 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 26 January 2016
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Hospital Bed Days associated with delays in discharge in November 2015

  • In November 2015, patients spent 47,862 days in hospital due to delays in discharge. This is a 6% decrease from October and a 13% decrease on the same period last year.
  • Nationally, around 70% of these bed days are occupied by patients aged 75 and over.

Patients ready for discharge as at December 2015 census

  • 1,193 patients were delayed at the December 2015 census. This is an 8% decrease on November 2015 and on the same period last year.
  • 31% of these delays (374) are for patients with specific complex care needs.
  • Of the remaining 819 patients delayed at the census:30% (245) were awaiting place availability in a care home;31% (256) were awaiting completion of social care arrangements for living in their own home – awaiting social support;24% (195) were awaiting completion of a post-hospital social care assessment.The number of patients awaiting funding for a care home placement fell from 79 in November to 14 in December.
Published: 26 January 2016
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Registration

  • 89% (4.8 million) of the Scottish population are registered with an NHS dentist. Registration rates have been increasing since 2007 when new registration rules were introduced. At that time only 52% of the population (2.7 million) were registered with an NHS dentist.
  • Children are more likely to be registered than adults (93% compared to 88%).

Participation

  • At September 2015, 73% (3.5 million) of those registered had seen an NHS dentist within the last two years. This has been a steady decline since 2007 when 99% (2.6 million) had contact with an NHS dentist.
  • Children are more likely than adults to have seen a dentist within the last two years (85% compared to 70%).
  • Patients from the most deprived areas were less likely to see their dentist within the last two years than those from the least deprived areas; the gap was eight percentage points for children and 10 percentage points for adults.
Published: 26 January 2016
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  • Coronary heart disease, including heart attacks, is a leading cause of illness and death in Scotland.
  • The incidence rate for coronary heart disease decreased over the past decade by nearly 30% (adjusted for age and sex). Incidence rates for coronary heart disease remain consistently higher in males than females.
  • There has been a steady downward trend in deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland, UK and Europe over the last ten years. In Scotland, the mortality fell by over 40% between 2005 and 2014.
  • The reduction in death rates for coronary heart disease was seen in both the most and least deprived communities. The percentage reduction in deaths in the most deprived category (36.1%) over the last ten years was smaller than that in the least deprived category (46.5%).
  • For an individual admitted to hospital as an emergency with their first heart attack, their chances of surviving at least 30 days has improved over the last ten years from 85.2% to 92.3%.
  • The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat diseases of the circulation, including cerebrovascular and coronary heart disease, increased by 10.5% in the last ten years, although the trend has levelled off over the last six years. Despite this increase, the cost of prescriptions dispensed for these drugs has halved over the last ten years to £109.5 million in 2014/15.
Published: 26 January 2016
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  • Cerebrovascular disease develops as a result of problems with the blood vessels supplying the brain. The incidence rate for cerebrovascular disease decreased over the last decade by 15.6%. Incidence rates were consistently higher in males than females.
  • In the last decade, the mortality rate for stroke decreased by 38.5% (adjusted for age and sex). For the last four years, the stroke mortality rate for women was slightly higher than that for men.
  • The percentage of people surviving 30 days or more following their first emergency admission to hospital with a stroke improved slightly over the last ten years from 81.6% in 2005/06 to 84.9% in 2014/15.
  • The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat diseases of the circulation, including cerebrovascular and coronary heart disease, increased by 10.5% in the last ten years, although the trend has levelled off over the last six years. Despite this increase, the cost of prescriptions dispensed for these drugs has halved over the last ten years to £109.5 million in 2014/15.
Published: 26 January 2016
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During the week ending 17 January 2016:

  • There were 23,141 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 91.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 193 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 25 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 19 January 2016
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During the week ending 10 January 2016:

  • There were 24,161 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 88.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 527 patients (2.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 85 patients (0.4%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 12 January 2016
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This publication from the Information Services Division reports on attendances at Emergency Departments in Scotland. These are larger A&E services that typically provide a 24-hour consultant led service. This report looks at the pathways patients take into and out of Emergency Departments and the services they make contact with on their journey.

Published: 12 January 2016
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During the week ending 3 January 2016:

  • There were 24,558 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 113 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 7 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 05 January 2016
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In the month of November 2015:

  • There were 127,527 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 94.9% of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 573 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department
  • 173 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 27% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

For the year ending November 2015:

  • The total number of attendances was 1,596,650. This is 2.8% lower than the previous year (1,642,674)
  • The percentage spending 4 hours or less in an A&E department was 92.9%, slightly lower than the previous year’s value of 93.0%.
Published: 05 January 2016
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during November 2015 was 31,747. Of these, 3,064 (9.7%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS Boards ranging from 2.5% to 13.1%. This compares with a cancellation rate of 9.7% in October;
  • Of all planned operations, 1,253 (3.9%) were cancelled by the patient, 1,058 (3.3%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital and 540 (1.7%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.
Published: 05 January 2016
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During the week ending 27 December 2015:

  • There were 21,987 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 96.1% of attendances at Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 32 patients (0.1%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 1 patient (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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Confidentiality

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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