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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: 13 December 2016
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  • The number of women GPs has continued to rise; 59% of GPs were female at September 2016.
  • Around one third of all GPs are aged 50 and over.
  • The number of GPs in Scotland has remained at around 4,900 since 2008.
  • The number of patients registered with GP practices continues to rise slowly year on year and has increased by 5% since 2006.
  • The number of patients aged 65+ has increased by 19% since 2006.
  • The average practice list size increased by 12% between 2006 and 2016, while the number of practices decreased by 6%.
Published: 13 December 2016
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The 14 territorial NHS Boards in Scotland are responsible for providing healthcare services to the populations they serve. It is crucial that resources are distributed fairly across Scotland, taking account of the many factors that influence the need for healthcare in particular areas and the costs of supplying those services.

The formula uses the population of each NHS Board as the basis of its allocation. Adjustments are made for three factors that affect relative need for healthcare resources:

  • the age/sex composition of the population;
  • the additional needs due to morbidity and life circumstances and other factors;
  • the unavoidable excess costs of delivering healthcare in remote areas.

More detailed information can be found on our Resource Allocation Formula pages.

Published: 13 December 2016
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  • In 2015/16, 77% of children in Primary 1 were classified as ‘healthy weight’.
  • The BMI distribution of children in Primary 1 has remained broadly similar over the last decade. In 2015/16, 22% of children in Primary 1 were at risk of overweight and obesity combined and 1% were at risk of underweight.
  • Children from less deprived areas were more likely to be of a healthy weight. In the least deprived areas 81% of children were classified as healthy weight compared to 73% in the most deprived areas.
  • The prevalence of healthy weight was broadly similar between girls and boys. In school year 2015/16, 77% of girls and 76% of boys were classified as ‘healthy weight’.
Published: 13 December 2016
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  • Rates of childhood immunisations in Scotland continue to be high: in the quarter ending 30 September 2016 uptake ranged from 93.0% to 98.2% across the different age bands and vaccines.
  • Uptake of the Meningococcal B vaccine by 12 months for children born between July and September 2015 was high at 94.5%.
Published: 13 December 2016
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The 62 Day Standard is that 95% of patients urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will wait a maximum of 62 days from referral to first cancer treatment.

  • 87.1% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard, compared with 89.8% in the previous quarter.
  • The 62 day standard was met by two NHS Boards (NHS Borders and NHS Lanarkshire).

The 31 Day Standard is that 95% of all patients will wait no more than 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment.

  • 94.3% of patients started treatment within this standard, compared with 95.7% in the previous quarter.
  • The 31 day standard was met by 10 of 15 NHS Boards.
Published: 13 December 2016
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  • There were 2,913 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Scotland during 2014/15.
  • For patients diagnosed in Scotland between 2012 and 2014, the estimated 3 year survival rate (all cause deaths) for men aged 35-64 with prostate cancer is 91%. As with many other types of cancer, survival rates decrease sharply with increasing age.
  • Overall in Scotland, two of the performance standards were consistently met across the 3 year reporting period, with an improving trend observed in a further four indicators.
Published: 13 December 2016
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Alcohol - Prescribing for alcohol dependency

  • The gross ingredient cost of drugs for alcohol dependence was £1.7 million in 2015/16, a 40% increase compared with 2014/15. Recent changes in the price of disulfiram account for much of the increase in expenditure on drugs for alcohol dependence.

Asthma

  • First admission rates for asthma continue to show a downward trend for males with a 2015/16 figure of 50.7 per 100,000 population compared to a high of 66.7 in 2006/07. Females also showed a similar trend, with a 2015/16 rate of 68.7 per 100,000. The downward trend is driven by a fall in the rates for males and females under the age of 10 being hospitalised with asthma.

Chronic Liver Disease

  • Over the last three years Chronic Liver Disease (CLD) mortality has remained relatively static whilst CLD hospital admissions have increased. In 2015/16 over two thirds of all CLD admissions were for alcohol-related chronic liver disease; however non-alcohol related CLD admissions have accounted for much of the recent increase in admission rates.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • The 2015/16 mortality rate from the lung condition, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was 61.1 per 100,000 population for females and 73.0 for males. These two rates have converged over time due to a reduction in the male rate from a high of 99.7 in 1997.
  • For the first time since secondary care data has been analysed, incidence of COPD is higher in females than males (151.4 and 149.9 respectively). This is due to a fall in the male rate from a high of 187.4 in 2003/04 combined with a rise in the female rate from a low of 123.7 in 2005/06.

Drugs -Treatment for drug misuse – methadone patient estimates

  • The minimum number of individuals in Scotland prescribed methadone was 25,569 in 2015/16, though the variable quality of the underlying data means that the figures should be treated with caution.

Drugs - Health harm - Blood Borne Viruses - Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

  • There were 8,365 HIV infections reported in Scotland between 1985 and 2015, 1,573 (19%) amongst people who inject drugs.
  • Of the 362 new HIV cases reported by NHS Boards in Scotland in 2015, 55 (15%) were among people who inject drugs. This percentage was the highest recorded in the last 11 years; prior to this the percentage remained relatively constant, with an average of 5% of new infections from 2005-2014 occurring among people who inject drugs (Table B5.8).
Published: 13 December 2016
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  • The most recent annual estimates for Scotland are for boys born in 2015 to live 76.9 years on average, 59.9 of these in a 'healthy' state. Girls born in 2015 are expected to live 81.0 years on average, 62.3 of these years being 'healthy'.
  • Underlying trends in life expectancy at birth for males and females show an improvement in Scotland over time increasing from 68.7 and 75.1 years in 1980, to 76.9 and 81.0 years in 2015, respectively.
  • Male and female healthy life expectancy since 2009* has remained approximately constant (59.9 years for males and 62.3 years for females in 2015).
  • Time trends show that the gap between the sexes, in both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth, has narrowed over time. For life expectancy at birth, the difference between males and females was 6.4 years in 1980, falling to 4.1 years in 2015. For healthy life expectancy at birth, the difference between males and females was 3.3 years in 1980, falling to 2.4 years in 2015.
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.

Published: 13 December 2016
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  • Over half (53.2%) of the 69,445 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks. This is similar to quarter ending 30 June 2016 when 52.6% of patients were seen within 4 weeks.
  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 18 weeks.
  • 93,110 people were referred to AHP MSK services compared to 95,355 for the quarter ending 30 June 2016.
Published: 13 December 2016
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  • In October 2016, 48,104 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.
  • There were 1,576 people delayed at the October 2016 census.
  • 70% of people experiencing a delay at the census point were aged 75 and over.
  • 425 (27%) were awaiting completion of arrangements for social care support (e.g. carer) in order to live in their own home.
  • 382 (24%) were awaiting place availability in a care home.
  • 343 (22%) delays involved people with specific complex care needs (Code 9).
  • 173 (11%) were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment.

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