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System Watch

System Watch is a tool used by NHS Boards and hospitals to monitor and predict numbers of emergency and elective admissions and the number of beds occupied at a national, NHS Board and hospital level. It has been developed to assist with service planning within NHS Scotland. Over the winter months the Scottish Government are provided with information from System Watch to monitor activity across NHS Scotland. This is particularly valuable at this time of year when the weather and public holidays can affect demand on the health service.

Data is received weekly from NHS boards, Health Protection Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS 24 and General Register Office. Predictions are available one to three weeks ahead and are based on seasonal and weekly variation, current emergency admission activity and flu rates. Information is available at national, NHS board and hospital levels.

A username and password is required to access the System Watch website This is available to colleagues within the NHS who require the information. To request access to System Watch, contact

For further information contact

Link to Data Support and Monitoring

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