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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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NHS Performs - Latest update

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 14 May 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 15 May 2017
  • Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios for October - December 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.
[23 May 2017]

AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset Consultation 2017

The AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset Consultation 2017 is now live.  This consultation document provides an opportunity for relevant organisations and individuals to offer their view on the proposed AHP Operational Measures National Minimum Dataset.  Find out more about the consultation.
[18 May 2017]

 

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Latest Statistics

Published: 23 May 2017
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  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 8.4% between January to March 2014 and October to December 2016.
  • No hospitals had significantly higher standardised mortality ratios in October to December 2016 than the national average.
  • One hospital had a significantly lower standardised mortality ratio in October to December 2016 than the national average: Western General Hospital (HSMR of 0.74).
  • Of the 29 hospitals participating in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, 13 have shown a reduction of more than 10% since January to March 2014:
    • Balfour Hospital
    • Caithness General Hospital
    • Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
    • Forth Valley Royal Hospital
    • Glasgow Royal Infirmary/Stobhill
    • Hairmyres Hospital
    • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
    • Monklands District General Hospital
    • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/Gartnavel
    • University Hospital Ayr
    • University Hospital Crosshouse
    • Western Isles Hospital
    • Wishaw General Hospital
Published: 23 May 2017
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During the week ending 14 May 2017:

  • There were 27,436 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 154 patients (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 28 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 16 May 2017
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During the week ending 07 May 2017:

  • There were 27,999 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 159 patients (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 9 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 09 May 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of February 2017. 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 April 2017 Summary stats dashboard).

Published: 09 May 2017
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During the week ending 30 April 2017:

  • There were 26,604 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 91.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 223 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 45 patients (0.2%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 02 May 2017
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  • In March 2017, 41,493 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed.
  • This is equivalent to an average of 1,338 beds occupied per day in March 2017. In February, the daily average was 1,437.
  • At the March 2017 census point, there were 1,339 people delayed.
  • Of these, 1,089 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (776), followed by complex needs (266) then patient and family-related reasons (47).
Published: 02 May 2017
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Main points

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during March 2017 was 31,796, a decrease of 1.0% from 32,113 during March 2016.
  • 2,888 operations (9.1% of planned operations) were cancelled in March 2017, ranging from 4.8% to 15.4% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 3,232 (10.1%) in March 2016.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,070 (3.4%) were cancelled by the patient; 1,106 (3.5%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 620 (1.9%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 92 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 02 May 2017
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During March 2017:

  • There were 138,813 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 93.8% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 661 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 103 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 25.0% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 02 May 2017
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During the week ending 23 April 2017:

  • There were 26,525 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 93.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 120 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 15 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 25 April 2017
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  • In 2015, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, there were 31,467 people diagnosed with cancer in Scotland (16,266 women and 15,201 men). Lung cancer remains the most common cancer in Scotland with 4,997 cases diagnosed in 2015.
  • Over the last ten years, age-adjusted incidence rates of cancer in Scotland have decreased by 4% for men but increased by 5% for women. Across both sexes, there was a decrease of 0.1% over the last ten years.
  • There is considerable variation in incidence trends between different types of cancer. For instance, the incidence rate of head and neck cancer in women has increased by almost 24% over the last ten years. In contrast, the rate for lung cancer in men has decreased by just over 15% during the same period.
  • Currently, it is estimated that two in five people in Scotland will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, which is the same as the previous estimate. This includes some cancers that may have no detrimental impact on life expectancy, such as slow-growing prostate tumours.
  • There are approximately 186,500 people in Scotland who have been diagnosed with cancer over the last 20 years and who are still alive.
Published: 25 April 2017
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NHS Breast Screening Programme performance standards for the three-year period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016:

  • The uptake rate in Scotland has fallen slightly by 0.6 percentage points from 72.5% in 2012-15 to 71.9% in 2013-16. The results for both periods exceed the 70% minimum performance standard. The overall trend shows a slight reduction from 74.9% in 2006-09.
  • All but four NHS Boards achieved the 70% minimum performance standard for uptake: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (67.5%), NHS Lanarkshire (68.6%), NHS Fife (69.0%) and NHS Lothian (69.3%).
  • The invasive cancer detection rate for women aged 53-70 years who have previously been screened within five years of their last attendance was 6.4 per 1,000 women screened. This is a slight decrease from the previous three-year period 2012-15 (6.5 per 1,000 women screened).
  • The 2015/16 data for Scotland are 9% incomplete due to the Breast Screening Programme implementing a new Scottish Breast Screening System. Data should be complete for 2016/17.

In 2015/16:

  • All of the 13 NHS Breast Screening Programme minimum performance standards were achieved and all but two of the 11 targets were met (uptake rate and recalled for assessment rate).
  • There were 1,392 cases of screen-detected breast cancer diagnosed in women of all ages.
  • Of these, 81.3% (1,132 cases) of cancers detected were invasive, of which nearly three out of five (55.5%) were less than 15 mm in size and unlikely to be detected by physical examination.
Published: 25 April 2017
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During the week ending 16 April 2017:

  • There were 25,505 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 129 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 24 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 18 April 2017
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During the week ending 09 April 2017:

  • There were 25,837 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 151 patients (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 11 patients (< 0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

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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, 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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