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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 has been updated to include info

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 08 January 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 09 January 2017
  • Delayed Discharges for November 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.
[17 January 2017]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 17 January 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of October 2016. A dashboard will also available to enable preview the data without downloading the large file. The data extract will also feed into existing dashboards which present historical data already published elsewhere on the ISD website (in the December 2016 Summary Stats dashboard).

Published: 17 January 2017
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  • In November 2016, 45,639 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.
  • There were 1,509 people delayed at the November 2016 census. Of these:
    • 68% were aged 75 and over.
    • 326 (22%) people had specific complex care needs (Code 9).
    • 191 (13%) were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment.
    • 363 (24%) were awaiting completion of arrangements for social care support (e.g. carer) in order to live in their own home.
    • 376 (25%) were awaiting place availability in a care home.
Published: 17 January 2017
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During the week ending 08 January 2017:

  • There were 25,066 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 87.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 454 patients (1.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 101 patients (0.4%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 10 January 2017
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During the week ending 01 January 2017:

  • There were 25,148 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 98 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 6 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 04 January 2017
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during November 2016 was 31,730 which is very similar to 31,739 during November 2015.
  • 2,871 operations (9.0% of planned operations) were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, ranging from 3.3% to 13.1% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 3,062 (9.6%) in November 2015.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,055 (3.3%) were cancelled by the patient; 1043 (3.3%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 665 (2.1%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 108 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 04 January 2017
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During November 2016:

  • There were 129,233 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 93.6% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 730 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 131 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 26% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 04 January 2017
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During the week ending 25 December 2016:

  • There were 22,267 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 75 patients (0.3%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 6 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 28 December 2016
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During the week ending 18 December 2016:

  • There were 25,223 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 90.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 252 patients (1.0%) 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: 20 December 2016
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Outpatients

  • There were 1,091,282 total outpatient attendances in the quarter ending September 2016, a slight decrease on the previous year (1,114,986), with a 3.4 % decrease in the last five years.
  • Of the total outpatient attendances, there were 362,009 new attendances and 729,273 follow-up attendances.
  • One in ten patients did not attend their outpatient appointment, which is similar to the same quarter in 2015.

Inpatient and day case discharges

  • In total there were 411,057 acute inpatient, day case episodes of care and transfers recorded in the quarter ending September 2016. This is an increase of 0.8 % from 407,633 in quarter ending September 2015.
  • Driven by changes in recording practices and service redesign to the emergency care services in some NHS Boards the number of transfers have increased by around 9% to 109,828 episodes compared to the quarter ending September 2015.

Bed statistics

  • There were on average 15,462 available staffed beds for all acute specialties in September 2016. This is a decrease of 1.3% since the quarter ending September 2015.
Published: 20 December 2016
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  • The quarterly trend over the past two years shows a high proportion of people receiving early access for their first drug or alcohol treatment. Of the 11,438 people who started their first treatment, 93.9% waited three weeks or less. More than half (56.9%) started their first treatment within one week of referral.
    • For the 7,156 people seeking alcohol treatment, 94.1% waited three weeks or less, similar to the previous quarter (95.7%).
    • For the 4,282 people seeking drug treatment, 93.7% waited three weeks or less, similar to the previous quarter (94.0%).
  • At the end of this quarter, 2,991 people were waiting to start their first drug or alcohol treatment, of which 114 (3.8%) had been waiting more than six weeks. This is an increase from the previous quarter when 104 (3.4%) people were waiting more than six weeks.
  • In prisons, 1,497 people started their first drug or alcohol treatment between July-September 2016, with 97.7% waiting three weeks or less and 74.5% waiting one week or less.
  • All NHS Boards, except NHS Borders, NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Shetland met the Scottish Government’s standard.
Published: 20 December 2016
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During the week ending 11 December 2016:

  • There were 25,351 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 89.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 284 patients (1.1%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 48 patients (0.2%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 20 December 2016
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The Information Services Division has released data up to 30 September 2016 in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Benchmarking Toolkit. The CAMHS benchmarking toolkit aims to support the implementation of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health policy using national data benchmarking of CAMH services across Scotland. The toolkit contains information on waiting times for CAMHS, workforce statistics, inpatient admissions and inpatient bed days.

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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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