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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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Scottish antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in 2015

Health Protection Scotland and Information Services Division are today publishing a report on antibiotic use and resistance in Scotland during 2015.

This latest report shows that while work by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing is proving successful, continued efforts are required to further reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. The report is intended to support NHS Boards, hospitals and primary care in their long-term planning of antimicrobial prescribing. In particular, this report should be of use to antimicrobial management teams, infection prevention and control teams and microbiologists.

Scottish antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in 2015
[30 August 2016]

Suicide in Scotland – Understanding the risks and informing preventative action

Two reports published today make a major contribution to the continuing efforts to prevent suicide in Scotland. These reports from the Information Services Division and the Scottish Public Health Observatory help Scotland’s policymakers, mental health services, local authorities and voluntary organisations to target people and places at higher risk of suicide and identify where future prevention action should be focused.

The report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database presents a profile of 4,464 suicide deaths in Scotland between 2009 and 2014. The Scottish Public Health Observatory report describes the epidemiology of suicide in Scotland in 2015 and trends in the suicide rate in recent years.

A profile of deaths by suicide in Scotland 2009-2014: a report from the Scottish Suicide Information Database Suicide Statistics for Scotland – Update of trends to 2015 [291Kb]
[10 August 2016]

NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 21 August 2016
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 22 August 2016
  • Hospital waiting times (Outpatient; Inpatient and Day Case; Referral To Treatment; Diagnostics) for April to June 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.
[30 August 2016]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 30 August 2016
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  • There has been a steady improvement overall in the recording of ethnic group over the last two years in NHSScotland.
  • Completeness of recording for acute inpatient and day case records for the last quarter was 82% and for new outpatient appointment records was 72%.
  • In the most recent quarter, only NHS Dumfries & Galloway achieved completeness of recording for acute inpatient and day case records above 90%.
Published: 30 August 2016
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  • Antibiotic use in primary care was the second lowest in twenty years and decreased by 2.4% from 2014. It was 9.5% lower than the highest rate on record in 2012.
  • Antibiotic use in acute hospitals increased by 3.5% from 2014 and continues an increasing trend from 2012 (9.4% increase).
  • Inappropriate use of very broad spectrum antibiotics is a factor in the development of resistance. Carbapenem use increased by 6.5% from 2014 and is 9.3% higher than in 2012, however piperacillin-tazobactam use decreased by 7.9% from 2014, the first reduction observed.
  • E. coli was the most frequent cause of Gram-negative bacteraemia. Non-susceptibility to most antibiotics remained stable with the exception of a 6.1% increase to co-amoxiclav and 8.6% to piperacillin-tazobactam. The same pattern was observed for K. pneumoniae with a 14.8% increase in non-susceptibility to co-amoxiclav and a 28.7% increase to piperacillin-tazobactam.
  • Non-susceptibility to key antibiotics in both MRSA and MSSA has remained stable since 2012.
  • Vancomycin non-susceptibility in E. faecium bacteraemia isolates has increased significantly since 2012 with an overall increase of 16.6%.
Published: 30 August 2016
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  • 85.6% of patients waiting for a New Outpatient appointment at 30 June 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 88.8% at 31 March 2016 and 89.8% at 30 June 2015.
  • 92.2% of patients waiting for a key Diagnostic test at 30 June 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 94.6% at 31 March 2016 and 89.3% at 30 June 2015.
  • 91.2% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for quarter ending 30 June 2016. This has decreased from 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016 and 94.9% during quarter ending 30 June 2015.
  • 87.0% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2016. This compares to 86.6% seen during month ending 31 March 2016 and 88.3% during month ending 30 June 2015.
Published: 30 August 2016
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  • 85.6% of patients waiting for a New Outpatient appointment at 30 June 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 88.8% at 31 March 2016 and 89.8% at 30 June 2015.
  • 92.2% of patients waiting for a key Diagnostic test at 30 June 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 94.6% at 31 March 2016 and 89.3% at 30 June 2015.
  • 91.2% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for quarter ending 30 June 2016. This has decreased from 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016 and 94.9% during quarter ending 30 June 2015.
  • 87.0% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2016. This compares to 86.6% seen during month ending 31 March 2016 and 88.3% during month ending 30 June 2015.
Published: 30 August 2016
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  • 85.6% of patients waiting for a New Outpatient appointment at 30 June 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 88.8% at 31 March 2016 and 89.8% at 30 June 2015.
  • 92.2% of patients waiting for a key Diagnostic test at 30 June 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 94.6% at 31 March 2016 and 89.3% at 30 June 2015.
  • 91.2% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (TTG) for quarter ending 30 June 2016. This has decreased from 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016 and 94.9% during quarter ending 30 June 2015.
  • 87.0% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2016. This compares to 86.6% seen during month ending 31 March 2016 and 88.3% during month ending 30 June 2015.
Published: 30 August 2016
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During the quarter ending June 2016:

  • 398 eligible patients were screened at one of the four IVF centres, which is similar to the previous quarter (395).
  • Over 99% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days.
  • For the last six quarters in succession, 90% target has been met.
Published: 30 August 2016
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  • There were 53,644 deaths in Scotland during 2014/15, excluding those where an external cause such as unintentional injury was recorded.
  • Of these people, 86% of their last six months of life was spent at home or in a community setting with the remaining 14% of time spent in hospital. This has remained largely unchanged over the five years from 2010/11 to 2014/15.
  • There is some variation between areas in the time spent at home or in the community with the percentage ranging from 83% to 92%. Those in rural areas tend to spend a higher percentage of their last six months of life at home or in the community.
  • Those in the youngest age group spent a greater percentage of their last six months at home or in the community compared to those in the older age groups; 90% in the 0-54 age group compared to 86% for those aged 85+. This may reflect the different causes of death in these age groups.
  • There is very little difference in the percentage between those living in the most deprived areas compared with those living in the least deprived areas (86% compared to 87%).
Published: 30 August 2016
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During the week ending 21 August 2016:

  • There were 26,644 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 52 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 3 patients (< 0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.
Published: 23 August 2016
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During the week ending 14 August 2016:

  • There were 24,530 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 49 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 11 patients (< 0.05%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.
Published: 23 August 2016
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  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 4.5% since January to March 2014 (first quarter after new baseline) and January to March 2016.
  • Two hospitals had significantly higher standardised mortality ratios in January to March 2016 than the national average: Belford Hospital (HSMR of 2.55) and Royal Alexandra/Vale of Leven Hospital (HSMR of 1.15).
  • Two hospitals had significantly lower standardised mortality ratios in January to March 2016 than the national average: Western General Hospital (HSMR of 0.73) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (HSMR of 0.86).
  • Seven of the 29 hospitals participating in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme have shown a reduction in excess of 10% since January to March 2014: Balfour Hospital; Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary; Hairmyres Hospital; Monklands District General; University Hospital Ayr; Western Isles Hospital; Wishaw General Hospital.
Published: 23 August 2016
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  • There were 2,468 people diagnosed with renal cancer in Scotland between January 2012 December 2014.
  • Less than 1% of patients with renal cancer died within the 30 days following surgery as first treatment.
  • Overall, for patients diagnosed between 2010 and 2012, the estimated 5 year survival rate (all cause deaths) for patients with renal cancer is 68%. As with many other types of cancer, survival rates decrease sharply with increasing age.
  • No NHS Board met all nine performance standards.
Published: 16 August 2016
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During the week ending 07 August 2016:

  • There were 25,343 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 56 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 0 patients (0%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.
Published: 16 August 2016
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  • The total number of items dispensed, in Primary Care, in May 2016 was 8.7 million, an increase of 3.2% compared to May 2015. This is a continuation of a long standing trend.
  • The cost of items dispensed, in Primary Care, in May 2016 was 96.8 million, an increase of 7.1% compared to May 2015. This is a continuation of a long standing trend.
  • A large proportion of this increase is due to the shift from hospital to provision through community pharmacies. An example of this is the treatment of patients with Hepatitis C.
  • The Prescribing dashboard shows the highest-cost therapeutic areas in terms of prescriptions in the community.
    • Drugs used to manage Diabetes was the highest-cost area of prescribing across Scotland in May 2016 (total cost of items dispensed was 7.9 million).
    • The Second highest spend was on Analgesics, for all severities of pain-relief. (Total cost of items dispensed was 6.4 million).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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