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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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What's New in ISD?

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT), on behalf of the Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care Programme, recently commissioned the Information Services Division (ISD) of NSS Scotland to bring together data to provide key intelligence to assist local planning, support transformation programmes and commissioning for Long Term Conditions in Scotland.

Complimenting previous work in this area, this new suite of reports , national projection tables and board projection tables, provides a much sharper focus by examining specific disease prevalence in the context of demographic change projections for the next 15 years.  The results are both informative and stark. They can be accessed at https://sctt.org.uk/programmes/home-and-mobile-monitoring/long-term-conditions/.

NHS Performs - Latest update

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.

NHS Performs has been updated to include information on:

  • Emergency Department activity for the week ending 6 August 2017
  • Numbers of hospital wards closed with confirmed or presumed Norovirus infections on 7 August 2017

Recently a user engagement survey was carried out and the results will soon be published.

Following on from the results of the user engagement survey, user feedback will be taken on board and the following updates will soon be implemented to the NHS Performs website:

  • The addition of 11 new hospitals
  • New indicator data from the Inpatient Experience Survey
  • Cosmetic changes to improve navigation and readability of data
  • Improved background information

[15 August 2017]

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Latest Statistics

Published: 15 August 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of May 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 July 2017 Summary stats dashboard).

Published: 15 August 2017
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During the week ending 06 August 2017:

  • There were 25,063 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.1% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 106 (0.4%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 17 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 08 August 2017
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  • For the two year reporting period 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2016 uptake was 56.4%, which was less than the uptake reported for the period 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2015 (57.5%).
  • Uptake was lower in areas of higher deprivation. Uptake in the most deprived group was 43.4% compared with 65.7% in the least deprived group.
  • Around two percent of those returning their screening kit received a positive test result. Of those with a positive test result, 6.5% had a bowel cancer.
  • Three out of five screen detected cancers (61.3%) were diagnosed at the earliest two stages. The earlier a cancer is detected the greater the chances are of successful treatment.
Published: 08 August 2017
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  • Over the last decade there has been a 37% increase in the number of hip and knee replacements performed in Scotland, from 11,189 in 2005 to 15,328 in 2016.
  • The number of patients readmitted due to clots in the leg or lung (Deep Vein Thrombosis/ Pulmonary Embolism) within 90 days or infection within 1 year of surgery has fallen for both complications from 1.5% in 2001 to 0.8% in 2015; however the number of patients experiencing temporary kidney failure within 30 days of surgery has increased in recent years.
  • 33 patients (0.2%) who had a hip or knee replacement in 2016 died within 90 days of their operation, which is similar to the mortality rate within the general population.
  • 282 patients (2.2%) who had a hip or knee replacement in 2011 had revision surgery within 5 years.
Published: 08 August 2017
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  • The audit covers over 46,000 patients admitted to critical care units in NHSScotland during 2016.
  • 20% of patients admitted to Intensive Care Units died before they were discharged from hospital.
  • No unit was found to have a significantly higher mortality rate compared to the rest of Scotland.
  • Some patients continue to experience delays in being discharged from critical care, mainly as a result of shortages of beds in other areas of the hospital.
  • In 2016, 2.7% of patients in intensive care units developed a Healthcare Associated Infection.
Published: 08 August 2017
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  • In June 2017, 39,252 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed.
  • This is equivalent to an average of 1,308 beds occupied per day in June 2017. In May, the daily average was 1,279.
  • At the June 2017 census point, there were 1,300 people delayed.
  • Of these, 1,057 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (727), followed by complex needs (292) then patient and family-related reasons (38).
Published: 08 August 2017
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During the week ending 30 July 2017:

  • There were 25,405 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 62 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 9 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 02 August 2017
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  • There were 728 probable suicides registered in Scotland in 2016, up from 672 in 2015.
  • In 2016, the probable suicide rate for males was more than two-and-a-half times that for females.
  • Although Scotland appears to have had a higher suicide rate than the UK overall since the early 1990s, this comparison is influenced by differences in data recording practices between countries.
  • Between 2012 and 2016, the probable suicide rate was more than two-and-a-half times higher in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas.
  • While probable suicide rates are strongly related to deprivation level, this difference or inequality has decreased between 2002-06 and 2012-16.
  • The suicide rate in Scotland is similar to the rate in other European countries.
Published: 01 August 2017
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during June 2017 was 29,601, a decrease of 6.9% from 31,785 during June 2016.
  • 2,606 operations (8.8% of planned operations) were cancelled in June 2017, ranging from 5.9% to 11.7% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 3,004 (9.5%) in June 2016.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,110 (3.7%) were cancelled by the patient; 960 (3.2%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons; 476 (1.6%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 60 (0.2%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 01 August 2017
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During June 2017:

  • There were 138,813 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.
  • 95.5% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 371 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 73 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 24% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.
Published: 01 August 2017
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During the week ending 23 July 2017:

  • There were 25,562 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 35 (0.1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 4 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 25 July 2017
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The Indicator of Relative Need or ioRN is a data collection tool originally designed in 2003 by and for health and care professionals. By addressing function, need and outcomes it offers information that is essential yet, until now, difficult to gather routinely. This report explains why and how an initiative to re-design the original ioRN was carried out and documents the design, testing and launch of ioRN2.

Published: 25 July 2017
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  • For people with breast, colorectal or lung cancer, 25.5% were diagnosed at the earliest stage (stage 1). This is a 9.2% increase from the baseline (2010 and 2011 combined) which is below the Local Delivery Plan standard of 25%.
  • Among patients diagnosed with breast, colorectal and lung cancer living in the most deprived areas of Scotland, the highest proportion (29.4%) were diagnosed at stage 4, the most advanced stage of disease. Among those living in the least deprived areas, the highest proportion (28.6%) were diagnosed at stage 2.
  • For people with breast, colorectal or lung cancer in the most deprived areas, 23.8% were diagnosed at the earliest stage (stage 1). This is a 17.4% increase from the baseline.
  • There has been an improvement in the recording of the data with fewer patients being recorded with a not known stage of disease a baseline of 8.4% compared with 5.3% for the latest time period.
Published: 25 July 2017
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During the week ending 16 July 2017:

  • There were 24,964 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 55 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 7 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

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

  • There were 25,069 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 62 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 3 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 11 July 2017
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  • Stroke is the third commonest cause of death in Scotland and the most common cause of severe physical disability amongst Scottish adults.
  • More than 9,000 stroke patients were discharged from Scottish hospitals in 2016.
  • Changes to the measurement of components of the Stroke Care Bundle during 2016 mean that there is no direct comparison with previous years.
  • Between 2015 and 2016 there have been improvements in the time to stroke unit admission and in the percentage of stroke patients receiving a CT scan within 24 hours of admission.
  • There has been no change in the proportion of patients who are given aspirin within 1 day of admission.
  • The number of stroke patients receiving thrombolysis within 1 hour of hospital admission has improved but remains well below the standard.
  • For carotid endarterectomy, there has also been modest improvement although the proportion of patients receiving treatment remains below the standard.
Published: 11 July 2017
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The data extract is presented as downloadable text (.csv) file and covers practice level prescribing for the month of April 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 June 2017 Summary stats dashboard).

Published: 11 July 2017
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During the week ending 02 July 2017:

  • There were 24,764 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 95.1% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 72 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 1 (<0.1%) patient spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Published: 04 July 2017
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  • Teenage pregnancies continue to decline: rates in the under 20s have dropped from the most recent peak of 57.7 per 1,000 women in 2007 to 32.4 in 2015, a decrease of 43.8%.
  • Teenagers from deprived areas are more likely to get pregnant: women aged under 20 and living in the most deprived areas had pregnancy rates five times higher than those in the least deprived (62.1 compared to 11.6 per 1,000 women).
  • Teenagers from deprived areas are more likely to deliver, while those in the least deprived areas are more likely to terminate their pregnancy.
  • Younger teenagers (under 16s) are more likely to have a termination than a delivery, while older teenagers (under 18s and under 20s) are more likely to have a delivery than a termination.
Published: 04 July 2017
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  • In May 2017, 39,651 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed.
  • This is equivalent to an average of 1,279 beds occupied per day in May 2017. In April, the daily average was 1,364.
  • At the May 2017 census point, there were 1,286 people delayed.
  • Of these, 1,015 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (670), followed by complex needs (299) then patient and family-related reasons (46).
Published: 04 July 2017
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  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during May 2017 was 29,997, a decrease of 3.0% from 30,924 during May 2016.
  • 2,631 operations (8.8% of planned operations) were cancelled in May 2017, ranging from 6.3% to 11.8% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 2,849 (9.2%) in May 2016.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,053 (3.5%) were cancelled by the patient; 1,001 (3.3%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 512 (1.7%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 65 (0.2%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
Published: 04 July 2017
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There were 150,442 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.

  • 94% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours
  • 704 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department
  • 96 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 23.7% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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