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Psychiatric Hospital Activity

Mental Health

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Mental Health Hospital Inpatient Care

Latest Publications

Published: 14 March 2017
Hospital Inpatient Care of People with Mental Health Problems in Scotland, Trends up to 31 March 2016
Publication Summary Download pdf file [205kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [1203kb]
Published: 10 May 2016
Hospital inpatient care of people with mental health problems in Scotland, Trends up to 31 March 2015
Publication Summary Download pdf file [120kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [1200kb]
Published: 12 May 2015
Mental Health Hospital Inpatient Care: Trends up to 31st March 2014
Publication Summary Download pdf file [137kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [1156kb]

People with mental health problems are cared for by a range of NHS services in a range of settings. Patients receiving their care as inpatients in mental health (psychiatric) hospitals generate records held nationally on Scottish Morbidity Record 04 (SMR04). Patients treated for a mental health diagnosis and receiving their care in an acute (non psychiatric) hospital or unit are recorded on Scottish Morbidity Record 01 (SMR01). Other patient contact with, for example, specialist community mental health teams, general practice or outpatient facilities, is recorded as part of more general data schemes which are covered elsewhere.

The mental health inpatient publication comprises long-term trends in numbers of admissions, discharges, continuous inpatient stays, patients and residents in Scottish hospitals, for the period 1983/84 to 2015/16. In addition, there are trends from 1997/98 to 2015/16 for a wide range of patient and clinical characteristics and various geographical breakdowns within Scotland.

The May 2017 report includes data on:

  • mental health patients treated in non psychiatric inpatient settings
  • discharges from the learning disability specialty
  • and discharges from the State hospital (Carstairs)

More information on Mental Health can be found by clicking on the 'Other Information Sources' tab in the navigation pane.


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