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About ISD

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 April 2016
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 25 April 2016
  • Accident and Emergency activity for March 2016
  • Cancelled Planned Operations information for March 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.
[3 May 2016]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 03 May 2016
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during March 2016 was 32,381. Of these, 3,234 (10.0%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS Boards ranging from 4.3% to 24.1%. This compares with a cancellation rate of 10.2% in the previous month;
  • Of all planned operations, 1,297 (4.0%) were cancelled by the patient, 1,042 (3.2%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital and 670 (2.1%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.
Published: 03 May 2016
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In the month of March 2016:

  • There were 144,924 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 93.1 % of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 958 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department
  • 227 (0.2%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 25 % of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

For the year ending March 2016:

  • The total number of attendances was 1,606,576. This is 2.0% lower than the previous year (1,639,991)
  • The percentage spending 4 hours or less in an A&E department was 94.1%, compared with the previous yearís figure of 91.9%.
Published: 03 May 2016
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During the week ending 24 April 2016:

  • There were 26,755 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 60 patients (0.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 9 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 26 April 2016
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Hospital Bed-Days associated with delays in discharge in February 2016

  • In February 2016, patients spent 43,896 days in hospital due to delays in discharge. This is an 8% decrease on January 2016 and a 6% decrease on the same period last year.
  • Nationally, over 71% of these bed-days were accounted for by patients aged 75 and over.
Published: 26 April 2016
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During the week ending 17 April 2016:

  • There were 24,383 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 87 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 8 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 19 April 2016
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During the week ending 10 April 2016:

  • There were 24,962 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 128 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 22 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 19 April 2016
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NHS Breast Screening Programme performance standards, for the three year period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2015:

  • For the latest three-year period, the uptake rate for Scotland has fallen slightly by 0.4 percentage points from 72.9% in 2011-14 to 72.5% in 2012-15. The results for both periods exceed the 70% minimum performance standard.
  • All but three NHS Boards achieved the 70% minimum performance standard for uptake; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (67.7%), NHS Lanarkshire (69.4%) and NHS Lothian (69.8%).
  • The invasive cancer detection rate, for women aged 53-70 years with a previous screen within five years of last attendance, was 6.5 per 1,000 women screened. This is a slight decrease from the previous three-year period 2011-14 figure of 6.8 per 1,000 women screened.

In 2014/15:

  • All but 1 of the 13 NHS Breast Screening Programme minimum performance standards were achieved and all but 2 of the 11 targets were met.
  • 1,362 cases of screen detected breast cancer were diagnosed in women of all ages.
  • Of these over 80% (1,114 cases) of cancers detected were invasive, of which nearly three out of five (59.4%) were less than 15 mm in size and unlikely to be detected by a physical examination.
Published: 12 April 2016
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The Information Services Division is releasing NHSScotland prescribing data in two new formats today:

  • Practice-level prescribing Open Data: Open data files enable in-depth independent analysis of NHSScotland prescribing data. The data are split by practice and by individual drug (ie at practice- and presentation-level).
  • Prescribing dashboards: Interactive analytical dashboards with month-by-month summaries of prescription volumes and costs in Scotlandís NHS Boards. These enable at-a-glance interpretation of high-level trends using the latest techniques and technologies in data visualisation.
Published: 12 April 2016
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During the week ending 3 April 2016:

  • There were 26,762 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland
  • 92.4% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 145 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 18 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.
Published: 05 April 2016
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In the month of February 2016 :

  • There were 127,713 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 92.9 % of attendances at A&E services were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 1,085 (0.9%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department
  • 269 (0.2%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 26 % of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

For the year ending February 2016:

  • The total number of attendances was 1,599,224. This is 2.7% lower than the previous year (1,644,341)
  • The percentage spending 4 hours or less in an A&E department was 94.1%, compared with the previous yearís figure of 92.0%.
Published: 05 April 2016
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during February 2016 was 31,463. Of these, 3,221 (10.2%) operations were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, with individual NHS Boards ranging from 5.5% to 15.4%. This compares with a cancellation rate of 11.1% in the previous month;
  • Of all planned operations, 1,225 (3.9%) were cancelled by the patient, 1085 (3.4%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital and 718 (2.3%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons.
Published: 05 April 2016
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During the week ending 27 March 2016:

  • There were 26,963 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 163 patients (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 22 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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Information Requests

ISD routinely publishes Scotland's official health statistics on the ISD website. If you cannot find the information you require on the website contact our Customer Support Desk by email nss.csd@nhs.net or call on 01312757777.

Information Requests

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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