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21 November 2017

expand menu  Scottish Health Service Costs

  • Total NHS Board operating costs increased by 4.1% to £11.7bn compared to £11.2bn in 2015/16. In real terms, once inflation has been taken into account, total operating costs increased by 2.0% compared to 2015/16.

  • Expenditure within the hospital sector was £6.5bn, an increase of 1.5% in cash terms compared to 2015/16. In real terms, there was a decrease of 0.5% compared to the previous year. The hospital sector accounts for the largest part of expenditure (55.4%).

  • Within the community sector, £2.2bn was spent, a cash terms increase of 15.8% compared to 2015/16. This is substantially higher than the previous four years, where annual increases were between 4.4% and 5.0% between 2012/13 and 2015/16. The corresponding real terms increase in the last year was 13.6%. The large increase in community expenditure in the last year is mainly due to the inclusion of £250 million to support the integration of health and social care.

  • Family health sector expenditure, which includes the cost of running local GP practices as well as local pharmacy, dental and ophthalmic services, amounted to £2.6bn in 2016/17 – a cash terms increase of 2.1% and a real terms increase of 0.1% compared to 2015/16.

  • Almost half of the total operating costs (47.6% or £5.6bn) were accounted for by hospital and community sector staff, excluding laboratory staff.

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expand menu  Alcohol Related Hospital Statistics

  • In 2016/17 there were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions (stays) in general acute hospitals in Scotland. These relate to 24,060 Scottish residents who had at least one admission to hospital with an alcohol-related condition. Of these people 11,777 were admitted for an alcohol-related admission for the first time or had not been admitted to hospital for an alcohol-related admission in the previous 10 years.

  • In 2016/17 the alcohol-related stay rate per 100,000 population in general acute hospitals was 685.2; an increase compared to the previous year (673.2). Prior to this there had been a steady decline in alcohol-related stays since 2007/08.

  • Stays in general acute hospitals for alcohol liver disease continues to rise for the fourth consecutive year, with a rate of 140.0 stays per 100,000 population during 2016/17. This is similar to 2007/08 (140.1 per 100,000 population), which is the highest recorded since 1997/98.

  • The rate of alcohol-related stays in psychiatric hospitals in 2015/16 is unchanged from previous year (2014/15) at 54.4 per 100,000 population.

  • There is a difference in the pattern of alcohol-related admissions by deprivation. In the general acute setting in 2016/17, there were nearly eight times as many people (per 100,000 population) admitted from the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas. In the psychiatric setting in 2015/16, the difference was more pronounced, with just over 15 times as many people from the most deprived areas.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 9.7% between January to March 2014 and April to June 2017.

  • Royal Alexandra/Vale of Leven Hospital (HSMR of 1.02) had a significantly higher standardised mortality ratio in April to June 2017 than the national average.

  • Two hospitals had a significantly lower standardised mortality ratio in April to June 2017 than the national average: Western General Hospital (HSMR of 0.63) and St John’s Hospital (HSMR of 0.62).

  • Of the 29 hospitals reported, 12 have shown a reduction of more than 10% since January to March 2014:

    • University Hospital Ayr

    • University Hospital Crosshouse

    • Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

    • Forth Valley Royal Hospital

    • Inverclyde Royal Hospital

    • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/Gartnavel

    • Hairmyres Hospital

    • Monklands District General Hospital

    • Wishaw General Hospital

    • Balfour Hospital

    • Ninewells Hospital

    • Western Isles Hospital

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 12 November 2017:


  • There were 25,581 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.1% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 166 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 44 (0.2%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.


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14 November 2017

expand menu  Scottish Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Accreditation Network (SEAN)

  • The use of ECT in Scotland has remained fairly steady since 2011. In 2016, 344 patients received ECT through 408 episodes of treatment.
  • The majority of treatments (67%) involved patients with the capacity to give informed consent to treatment.
  • In 9% of episodes, treatment was given for emergency life saving reasons and, in 31% of episodes, ECT treatment was expressed as a patient preference.
  • The greatest improvement was seen in the 77% of patients who were rated as “markedly, severely or extremely ill”.

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expand menu  Scottish Suicide Information Database

  • In Scotland 5,119 individuals died from suicide between 2009 and 2015. The average suicide rate over this period was 15 people per 100,000.
  • Three quarters of people who died from suicide were men and almost half of all the individuals were aged between 35 and 54.
  • Suicide deaths were around three times more likely among those living in the most deprived areas than among those in the least deprived areas.
  • The most common method of suicide was ‘Hanging, strangulation & suffocation’ which accounted for 46% of all deaths. ‘Poisoning’ (including drug overdose) was the second most common cause of death overall, accounting for 30% of all deaths.
  • The majority of individuals (70%) had contact with at least one healthcare service in the 12 months before their death.
  • One in four people (26%) had at least one psychiatric inpatient stay or psychiatric outpatient appointment in the 12 months before their death, while 8% had both.
  • The most common form of contact individuals had with health services was a mental health drug prescription. Three out of five (59%) people had at least one prescription of this type dispensed within 12 months of death.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data

Open Data files enable independent analysis of NHSScotland prescribing data. Information is shown for each practice and by individual drug. In response to feedback from users we have produced a prescribing dashboard to allow exploration of the Open Data file. Four interactive views are available:

  • What are the highest cost therapeutic areas for prescriptions in the community?
  • How do individual GP Practices contribute to overall GP Practice prescribing?
  • What is the variation in Prescribing among the biggest GP practices?
  • Where are the most prescriptions being written?

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 05 November 2017:

  • There were 25,498 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 94.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 120 (0.5%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 20 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

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07 November 2017

expand menu  Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds information, Annual 2017 release - Revised (Revised 14 November 2017)

Annual


Outpatients


  • 918,008 outpatient attendances occurred in the quarter ending June 2017; a 16% reduction on the quarter ending June 2016, and a 4% decrease in the last 5 years (June 2012). In both the quarters ending June 2017 and 2016; 34% were new appointments and 66% return appointments.

  • The new to return ratio has remained fairly static ranging from 1:1.7 in June 2012 to 1:1.9 for the quarters ending June 2016 and 2017.

  • The percentage of new outpatient appointments not kept without prior notification, described as ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) has been reducing over the years from 10.0% in June 2012 to 9.6% in June 2016 and 9.1% (28,682) for the quarter ending June 2017.

Hospital Admissions


  • 294,742 hospital admissions took place in the quarter ending June 2017; a 5% decrease on the quarter ending June 2016 (311,211) and a slight reduction (<1%) compared to the quarter ending June 2012.

Beds


  • The average number of available hospital beds in Scotland has been steadily decreasing over the years. 13,483 inpatient beds for acute specialties were available for the quarter ending June 2017; reductions of 2% and 4% when compared to June 2016 and June 2012 respectively.

Quarterly


Outpatients


  • 1.1 million Scottish residents (around one in five of the population) visited an outpatient department in 2016/17.

  • Overall there were 4.25 million total outpatient attendances; a slight decrease (1%) compared with last year, with a 6% reduction in the last five years (2011/12).

  • 9.4% (138,230) of new outpatient appointments were not kept without prior notification, lower than 2015/16 and 2011/12 at 10.0% and 10.4% respectively. In 2016/17, people aged 25-44 were three times more likely not to keep their new outpatient appointment compared with those aged over 65 (15% vs. 5%).

Hospital Admissions


  • 705,000 Scottish residents (one in eight of the population) were admitted to hospital in 2016/17. Of these, 69% had a single admission to hospital with three out of ten people having more than one admission.

  • There were a total of 1,222,916 admissions into hospital in 2016/17; a small reduction (<1%) compared to last year and 5% increase compared to five years ago.

  • The general trend to provide more hospital-based treatment in an outpatient or day case setting continues. In 2016/17, 731,150 (73%) of procedures were carried out as an outpatient or day case (excluding imaging, injections, infusions, x-ray); a slight reduction on last year (1.5%) but an increase of 13% compared to 2012/13.

Beds


  • The average number of available hospital beds in Scotland has been steadily decreasing over the years. In 2016/17, the available beds for acute specialties was 13,644; a 5% decrease on last year and a 4% reduction when compared to 2011/12.

- Revised (Revised 14 November 2017)
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expand menu  NHS Payments to General Practice

  • In 2016/17 the sum of NHSScotland payments made to 966 General Practices was £798.4 million. An increase of £44.6 million (5.9%) compared to 2015/16.

  • The Global Sum was the largest payment made in 2016/17 amounting to £570.7 million to 966 General Practices, incorporating the now retired Quality and Outcomes Framework payment.

  • £25.6 million was paid to 898 General Practices in 2016/17 for the Quality and Outcomes Framework. This is a decrease of £59.0 million (69.7%) compared to 2015/16. This reduction is offset by an increase in the ‘Global Sum’ payments. In 2016/17, the £25.6 million includes the retrospective Quality and Outcomes Framework settlement.

  • In addition, £23.1 million was paid to 100 General Practices for dispensing services in 2016/17, similar to the previous year.

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expand menu  Lymphoma Cancer Quality Performance Indicators, November 2017

This is the first publication of the National Lymphoma Quality Performance Indicators by the Information Services Division. The report assesses performance against eleven indicators developed by lymphoma specialists working in Scotland. The information reported has been collected from clinical audits. This report provides an opportunity to review NHSScotland performance against these measures.

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expand menu  National Naloxone Programme Scotland Monitoring Report

  • A total of 8,159 take-home naloxone kits were issued in Scotland in 2016/17, a decrease of 1% on the previous year. A total of 37,609 take-home naloxone kits were supplied in Scotland between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

  • In 2016/17, 6,497 kits were issued in the community, 700 kits were issued in prisons upon release and 962 kits were dispensed via community prescription.

  • In 2016/17, 3,471 (48%) take-home naloxone kits distributed in the community and prisons were repeat supplies. Of these, 882 (25%) repeat supplies were made because the previous kit was reported as having been used to treat an opioid overdose.

  • In 2016/17, it is estimated that 3,386 kits were issued as a first supply to an individual at risk of opioid overdose. Cumulatively, 21,189 ‘at risk’ individuals are estimated to have been supplied with take-home naloxone between 2011/12 and 2016/17.

  • At the end of 2016/17, the ‘reach’ of take-home naloxone (based on the number of ‘at risk’ individuals supplied with kits between 2011/12 and 2016/17) was estimated to be 345 kits per 1,000 problem drug users.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • In September 2017, 41,718 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed. This is a decrease compared with 45,074 days in September 2016.

  • The average number of beds occupied per day in September 2017 was 1,391. There has been a month on month increase in the average number of beds occupied by delayed discharges since May 2017.

  • At the September 2017 census point, there were 1,378 people delayed. This compares with 1,524 at the census point in September 2016.

  • Of those delayed at the September 2017 census point, 1,140 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (799), followed by complex needs (297) then patient and family-related reasons (44).

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during September 2017 was 27,840, a decrease of 5.9% from 29,574 during September 2016.

  • 2,562 operations (9.2% of planned operations) were cancelled in September 2017 compared to 2,742 (9.3%) in September 2016. Cancellation rates for NHS Boards ranged from 5.6% to 11.5% with the exception of NHS Western Isles where a sterilisation unit equipment failure resulted in fewer planned operations and a cancellation rate of 23.5%.

  • Of all planned operations: 943 (3.4%) were cancelled by the patient; 970 (3.5%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons; 560 (2.0%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 89 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During September 2017:


  • There were 140,941 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.

  • 93.5% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

  • 774 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

  • 166 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

  • 24.3% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 29 October 2017:


  • There were 25,547 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 92 (0.4%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 15 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.


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31 October 2017

expand menu  Cancer Mortality

  • Over the last ten years, the overall age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 11%. Although the rate of deaths due to cancer has decreased over this period, the actual number of deaths due to cancer has not. This largely reflects an increase in older age groups within the population and the fact that cancer is a relatively common disease among the elderly.

  • The age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 13% for males and 7% for females over the past decade.

  • Lung cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in Scotland (4,035 deaths). A quarter of all deaths from cancer in Scotland are attributed to lung cancer. The number of deaths due to lung cancer is more than double that of colorectal cancer, the next most common cause of death from cancer.

  • There is considerable variation in trends for different types of cancer. For example, the mortality rate for females due to breast cancer has decreased by 17% over the last ten years. The mortality rate for males due to stomach cancer has decreased by 35% over the same time.

  • The mortality rate for cancer of the liver has increased by 46% for males and 76% for females over the last ten years. The mortality rate for cancer of the corpus uteri has increased by 71% over the same time.

  • Significant patterns exist when examining incidence and mortality rates by deprivation in Scotland. For all cancers combined, the most deprived areas have incidence rates that are 27% higher than the least deprived areas. Mortality rates for all cancers combined are 61% higher in the most deprived compared with the least deprived areas.

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expand menu  Infant Feeding Statistics Scotland

  • Among babies born in Scotland in 2016/17, 63% had been breastfed for at least some time after birth, and 41% were being breastfed by 6-8 weeks of age.

  • Breastfeeding rates in Scotland are low compared to those in other countries worldwide. The proportion of babies who were breastfed for at least some time has increased in Scotland over recent years, and there has been a slight increase in the proportion of babies breastfed for at least 6 weeks after birth.

  • Breastfeeding is much more common among older mothers. 56% of mothers aged 40 or over were breastfeeding at the 6-8 week review compared to 12% of mothers aged under 20.

  • White Scottish babies are less likely to be breastfed than babies from any other ethnic group.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 22 October 2017:


  • There were 24,517 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.1% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 134 (0.5%) 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.

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24 October 2017

expand menu  Out of Hours Primary Care Services in Scotland

  • In the most recent financial year 2016/17 there were around 850,000 patients who contacted OOH Primary Care services, resulting in around 950,000 patient consultations (attendance at Primary Care Emergency Centres, Home Visits &/or GP Advice).

  • Children under 5, women in their twenties and people aged 75 and over were the most common age groups of patients contacting OOH Primary Care services.

  • Home visits accounted for 1 in 5 (183,000) of contacts with OOH Primary Care services. Among those aged 75 and over, over half (59%) of the patients receive a home visit.

  • For just over half of patients their treatment was completed following contact with OOH Primary Care services. Just over 3% of contacts resulted in a referral to A&E or Minor Injuries Unit.

  • During the summer A&E services have more attendances than OOH Primary Care services probably as a result of longer days and greater risk of injuries. During the winter months and months with public holidays there are more OOH Primary care contacts.

  • OOH Primary Care services see a larger increase in contacts during four day public holiday weekends than A&E Services.

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expand menu  NHS Smoking Cessation Service Statistics (Scotland)

Quit attempts in 2016/17


  • The number of quit attempts made with the help of NHS smoking cessation services in 2016/17 fell for the fifth consecutive year to 59,767. This represents an 8% decrease from 2015/16 and a 51% decrease since 2011/12. The reasons for the fall in quit attempts is likely to be the result of a combination of factors, including increasing use of electronic cigarettes, which may be viewed as a step towards quitting.

Success of quit attempts in 2016/17


  • Thirty eight percent (22,784) of those making a quit attempt reported that they were still not smoking at 4 weeks. This figure fell to 23% (13,506) at 12 weeks.

  • Of the 22,784 self-reported 4 week quits, 64% (14,483) were confirmed on carbon monoxide (CO) testing, 2.0% (492) were confirmed as smoking, and 34% (7,809) had no CO reading taken or the result was unknown.

  • In 2016/17, the percentage of successful quit attempts at both 4 and 12 weeks have increased by one percentage point from 2015/16.

Performance against the 2016/17 Local Delivery Plan Standard


  • There were 7,842 successful 12 week quits in the most deprived areas. This is below the annual local delivery plan standard of 9,404.

  • Three of the fourteen NHS Boards met their individual standard.

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expand menu  National Dental Inspection Programme

  • More than three quarters of P7 children had no obvious decay experience in their permanent teeth in 2017. This is a substantial improvement over the past twelve years.

  • In 2017, the average number of teeth affected by obvious decay experience in P7 children’s is 0.49. This is less than half of the average number of teeth affected in 2005 (1.29). (Note: no obvious decay experience means there are no obviously decayed, missing or filled teeth).

  • Only 65.6% of P7 children had no obvious decay experience in the most deprived areas compared with 86.5% in the least deprived areas.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 15 October 2017:


  • There were 26,053 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 222 (0.9%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 30 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.


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17 October 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 08 October 2017:


  • There were 26,212 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 114 (0.4%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 8 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.


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10 October 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 01 October 2017:


  • There were 27,154 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 158 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 31 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

The information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.


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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Medicines used in Mental Health

  • Dispensing of antipsychotics, antidepressants, drugs for ADHD and drugs for dementia has been steadily increasing over the past ten years. Dispensing of hypnotics and anxiolytics has remained stable in the past ten years.

  • There is an overall trend of increasing total cost for antidepressants and ADHD. This reflects increased usage. The cost for hypnotics and anxiolytics also increased between 2015/16 and 2016/17. There has been a decrease in cost for antipsychotics, and dementia drugs. This is primarily due to reductions in drug prices and drugs coming out of patent.

  • All of the mental health drugs considered in this report show a consistent pattern of increasing volume dispensed with increasing patient deprivation. For elderly patients dispensed dementia drugs this pattern is less pronounced but still evident.

  • For most of these groups of mental health drugs there are substantially more drugs dispensed to females than males. The exception to this is ADHD, where 80% of dispensing is to males.

  • There is wide variation in dispensing of mental health drugs between NHS Boards, reflecting different populations and methods of service delivery.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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

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expand menu  Scottish Renal Registry Annual Report

  • On 31 December 2016 5,026 individuals were receiving RRT in Scotland, of which 2,874 (57%) of these had a functioning kidney transplant.

  • 573 new patients started RRT in 2016, 10.6 per 100,000 population.

  • Transplant is the most frequent method of RRT for those aged less 65, and for those aged 65 or over it is hospital haemodialysis.

  • 248 patients received a kidney transplant in Scotland during 2016. 73 of these were from living donors and 33 of those transplants were pre-emptive meaning they were performed before the patient had required any other form of RRT.

  • The length of time over which transplanted kidneys work (graft survival) continues to improve.

  • Patients have a lower risk of infection if haemodialysis is received through an arteriovenous (AV) fistula. In May 2017, 73.2% of haemodialysis patients in Scotland in were receiving dialysis via an AV fistula. The Renal Association’s guideline is 80%.

  • There were 108 instances of Staphylococcal bacteraemia reported in RRT patients in 2016.

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expand menu  Ophthalmic Workload Statistics

  • In 2016/17 around 2.2 million eye examinations were performed by optometrists working in Scottish local communities, the highest level reported since 2006/07.

  • Most eye examinations (94%) were dealt with in a primary care setting and did not result in a referral.

  • Four in five claims were for initial eye examinations (primary examinations). The others were for emergency, additional or follow-up care (supplementary examinations).

  • The most common reason for a supplementary examination was ‘Sudden vision loss and floaters’.

  • Clinical conditions were recorded during the eye examination. Cataracts were the most common of all the recorded conditions (17%).

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expand menu  Quality Outcome Measure 10:Percentage of last 6 months of life spent at home or in a community setting

  • There were 53,224 deaths in Scotland during 2016/17, excluding those where an external cause such as unintentional injury was recorded.

  • For those who died, 87% of their last six months of life was spent at home or in a community setting with the remaining 13% spent in hospital. This has remained broadly similar over the last seven years from 2010/11 to 2016/17.

  • The percentage of those in the youngest age group that spent their last 6 months at home or in the community was slightly higher than the percentage in the oldest age group; 90% in the 0-54 age group compared to 87% for those aged 85+. This may reflect the different causes of death in these age groups.

  • The percentage of the last six months of life spent at home or in a community setting is similar in more deprived and less deprived areas.

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03 October 2017

expand menu  Complaints Statistics


  • There was a 10% increase in the total number of NHSScotland complaints received in 2016/17 (23,507). In NHSScotland overall six complaints were made per 10,000 contacts (which represents 0.06% of all contacts). Contacts include: hospital admissions; outpatient appointments; A&E attendances; visits to GP and nurses; dental and ophthalmic treatments.


  • The total number of complaints received by NHSScotland hospital and community health services was 14,703, a 9% increase.


  • There were also increases in the number of complaints received by family health services (7,660, 14% increase). Special boards, national and support organisations saw an 8% decrease (1,144).


  • Response times have remained steady over the last five years. The latest figures for complaints dealt with within 20 days are:

    • Hospital and community health services: 72%

    • Family health services: 91%

    • Special boards/national and support organisations: 88%


  • There was a small decrease in the number of complaints being fully upheld in hospital and community health services and special boards, national and support organisations. This information is not available for family health services; it is not mandatory for these organisations to provide this data.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During August 2017:


  • There were 141,354 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.

  • 95% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

  • 356 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

  • 43 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

  • 23.8% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 24 September 2017:


  • There were 27,176 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 156 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 31 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during August 2017 was 30,516, a decrease of 2.2% from 31,215 during August 2016.

  • 2,581 operations (8.5% of planned operations) were cancelled in August 2017, ranging from 5.1% to 10.5% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 2,879 (9.2%) in August 2016.

  • Of all planned operations: 1013 (3.3%) were cancelled by the patient; 966 (3.2%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons; 523 (1.7%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 79 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • In August 2017, 41,632 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed. This compares with 45,551 days in August 2016.

  • The average number of beds occupied per day in August 2017 was 1,343. In July, the daily average was 1,312.

  • At the August 2017 census point, there were 1,370 people delayed. This compares with 1,472 at the census point in August 2016.

  • Of those delayed at the August 2017 census, 1,115 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (768), followed by complex needs (298) then patient and family-related reasons (49).

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26 September 2017

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard

This information helps to provide a balanced view of CAMH services in NHS Scotland, incorporating the aims of the Quality Strategy domains of Client/Patient Focus, Delivering Best Practice, Internal Processes and Best Use of Resources. It achieves this by taking a range of information on waiting times for young people receiving mental health services, the workforce employed to provide those services, hospital activity and several other contextual measures. The balanced scorecard comprises of a detailed set of data tables in the CAMHS toolkit and an interactive comparative dashboard.

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expand menu  Resource Allocation Formula (NRAC)

The Information Services Division has released results for financial year 2020/21 from the Resource Allocation Formula for NHSScotland. The previously published shares for 2018/19 and 2019/20 are also shown. The Formula is used to inform the budget allocations to territorial NHS Boards in Scotland for the provision of hospital and community healthcare services and GP prescribing. The final shares for these years may be different from the calculated target shares, as the results are used to inform the final allocation, not to determine them.

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expand menu  Childhood Immunisation Statistics Scotland

  • Uptake rates remain high in Scotland. Uptake of most vaccines increased slightly this quarter.
  • Uptake rates by 12 months of age for complete primary courses of immunisation of the five-in-one vaccine (which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus (Hib)), Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) and Meningitis B vaccine were all above 96%.
  • Uptake of the complete two dose course of rotavirus vaccine by 12 months of age remained just below 94%.
  • Uptake rates for the Haemophilus/Meningitis C (Hib/MenC) booster and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine booster by 24 months were around 95%.
  • The national target is for 95% uptake of one dose of the MMR vaccine by five years of age, with a supplementary measure at 24 months. Uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine was 94.8% by 24 months of age and 97.1% by five years of age. Uptake rates of one dose of MMR by age five have remained above the 95% target since 2009.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Minor Ailments Service

  • At 31 March 2017, 16.4% of the population of Scotland (around 884,000 people) were registered for the Minor Ailments Service. All but one community pharmacy in Scotland had patients registered for the service. Registrations decreased by 6.6% (from around 947,000 people) between March 2015/16 and March 2016/17.
  • Between 2007/8 and 2015/16 the number of items supplied under the Minor Ailments Service increased each year. However, in 2016/17 there has been a decrease, with 5.6% fewer items supplied compared to 2015/16, with a corresponding decrease in cost.
  • The service supplied over 2 million items in 2016/17 with a total cost of £4.9 million. This accounted for 2.0% of all items supplied by community pharmacies in Scotland.
  • The most common drug supplied was paracetamol, which accounted for 20.7% of items.
  • For patients aged under 16 registered for the Minor Ailments Service in 2016/17, those who lived in the most deprived Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation quintile received the greatest number of items per 1,000 Minor Ailments Service registrations (2,927 items) while those who lived in the least deprived quintile received the least (2,318 items).

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expand menu  Drug-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland

  • The rate of drug-related general acute stays increased steadily from 41 to 162 stays per 100,000 population between 1996/97 and 2016/17. After a lengthy period of stability, the rate of drug-related psychiatric stays increased from 29 to 36 stays per 100,000 population between 2014/15 and 2015/16.
  • Stays among individuals aged 35 and over increased over the time series. For general acute stays among 45-49 year olds, there was a greater than eighteen-fold increase from 11 to 203 patients per 100,000 population between 1996/97 and 2016/17.
  • In the most recent available year’s data, 61% of drug-related general acute stays were due to opioids (drugs similar to heroin) while 51% of drug-related psychiatric stays were associated with ‘multiple/other’ drugs.
  • In the most recent available year’s data, approximately half of patients with general acute or psychiatric stays in relation to drug misuse lived in the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland.
  • In 2015/16, 3,860 patients (72 new patients per 100,000 population) were treated in hospital (general acute/psychiatric combined) for drug misuse for the first time. The drug-related new patient rate has increased since 2006/07 (49 new patients per 100,000 population).

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expand menu  Cancer Waiting Times

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.

  • 86.9% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard, compared to 88.1% in the previous quarter and 89.8% for quarter ending June 2016.
  • The 62 day standard was met by three NHS Boards: NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Orkney.

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.

  • 94.8% of patients started treatment within the 31 day standard, compared to 94.9% in the previous quarter and 95.7% for quarter ending June 2016.
  • The 31 day standard was met by 10 of 15 NHS Boards.

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expand menu  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

  • The quarterly trend over the past three years shows little change in performance. Of the 10,865 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 94.9% waited three weeks or less.
    - For the 6,557 people seeking alcohol treatment, 95.3% waited three weeks or less.
    - For the 4,308 people seeking drug treatment, 94.2% waited three weeks or less.
  • All NHS Boards, except NHS Borders, NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside met the Local Delivery Plan standard.
  • At the end of this quarter, 2,926 people were waiting to start their first drug or alcohol treatment, of which 214 (7.3%) had been waiting more than six weeks. This is an increase from the same quarter last year when 101 (3.3%) people were waiting more than six weeks.
  • In prisons, 1,282 people started their first drug or alcohol treatment between April-June 2017 with 94.5% waiting three weeks or less.
  • In the year ending March 2017 approximately 70% of the people starting drug or alcohol treatment were male.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Community Pharmacy Contractor Activity

The Information Services Division has released Community Pharmacy activity and direct pharmaceutical care services in an open data format. This information release makes these data available in response to information requests for contractor data relating to specific Community Pharmacy services. The longer term aim is to give the greatest equality of access following feedback on these experimental statistics.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 17 September 2017:

  • There were 26,963 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 193 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 40 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  ScotPHO website quarterly updates

Drugs – Treatment for drug misuse

  • For the sixth successive year there has been a decrease in the number of Opioid Replacement Therapy drug items (including methadone) dispensed.
  • From 2010/11 to 2016/17, the cost of methadone dispensing decreased from £6,382 to £5,051 per 1,000 adult population.
  • The minimum number of individuals in Scotland prescribed methadone was 26,017 in 2016/17.

Drugs – Health harm

  • There were 8,684 HIV infections reported in Scotland between 1985 and 2016, 1,613 (19%) among people who inject drugs.
  • Of the 306 new HIV cases reported by NHS Boards in Scotland in 2016, 36 (12%) were among people who inject drugs.

Prisoners – Prisoner Health

  • In 2015 the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was administered to prisoners as part of the Scottish Prisoner Survey conducted by Scottish Prison Service. Among prisoners who completed the AUDIT assessment, 66% had an alcohol use disorder. Of these one third (33%) were classed as possibly alcohol dependent, 27% were hazardous drinkers and one in 20 (6%) were harmful drinkers.

Multiple Sclerosis

  • In 2016 there were 171 deaths where multiple sclerosis was recorded as the underlying cause of death. Over time the number of deaths among women is consistently around double the number in men, reflecting the fact that MS is more common among women.

Diabetes

  • The number of discharges with a diabetes diagnosis has increased gradually over the last ten years. Diabetic ketoacidosis shows a steady rise in the number of hospital discharges, particularly among younger age groups.

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19 September 2017

expand menu  Dental Statistics - Fees and Treatments

Treatment - Children

  • Between 2000/01 and 2016/17 the number of fillings undertaken steadily decreased from around 775,000 to around 338,000.
  • Similarly, the number of teeth extracted decreased overall from over 133,000 in 2000/01 to less than 90,000 in 2016/17.
  • A third (33%) of the claimable dental treatments provided to children were given under Childsmile programme in 2016/17. These include fluoride varnish application, toothbrushing instruction, and diet advice.
  • In 2016/17, the number of claimable courses of treatment given to children was around 506,000, slightly less than recent years.

Treatment - Adults

  • Since 2007/08, the number of courses of treatment given to adults has risen sharply, year on year, from nearly 3 million to over 4.1 million in 2016/17, the highest figure reported. This may be due to increasing numbers of patients participating in GDS.
  • Around a third (31%) of the treatments claimed for adults were for examinations or provision of a care and treatment summary report.

Fees

  • In 2016/17, around £289 million in GDS fees were authorised in Scotland, an increase of £3.5 million (1.2%) from 2015/16.
  • GDS fees have increased each year since 2003/04, although the rate of increase has slowed in recent years.
  • When adjusted for inflation, GDS fees increased each year from 2004/05 until 2010/11, and have since stabilised.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 10 September 2017:

  • There were 26,572 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 171 (0.6%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 31 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Allied Health Professionals Musculoskeletal Waiting Times

  • Over half (54.8%) of the 80,893 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks.
  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 17 weeks from services that reported.
  • 103,168 people were referred to AHP MSK services.
  • In the quarter ending 30 June 2017, 7.6% adults did not attend their out-patient appointment for AHP MSK services.

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12 September 2017

expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 03 September 2017:


  • There were 27,170 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.6% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 84 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 16 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Register Annual Report

  • 65.3% of newly diagnosed patients had contact with a MS Specialist Nurse within 10 days of diagnosis.

  • Once a referral was received by the MS Specialist Nurse, 93% of the patients were contacted within 10 days, an improvement of 4 percentage points since 2015.

  • In 2016, 490 new patients with a confirmed diagnosis of MS were added to the MS Register. This brings the total number of newly diagnosed people reported over the seven year period to 3,243.

  • The annual incidence shows that more than twice as many women than men were diagnosed with MS.

  • In line with previous findings, the average annual incidence of MS in the six most northern NHS Boards is greater than the average for the eight southern NHS Boards.

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expand menu  Chronic Pain Waiting Times

Pain Clinics


  • Twelve out of fourteen NHS Boards provide pain clinics and submit data for patients attending their first appointment based on the 18 weeks referral to treatment (RTT) Standard.

  • During quarter ending 30 June 2017, 4,724 referrals to a pain clinic were reported, an increase from the 4,640 referrals reported in the previous quarter. Out of these, 4,317 referrals were accepted.

  • Just over seven in ten (72.2%) of the 2,618 patients seen attended their first appointment within 18 weeks, compared with 67.0% in the previous quarter.

  • Six of the twelve NHS Boards saw nine out of ten patients within 18 weeks, including NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney & NHS Shetland who saw all their patients within 18 weeks. The remaining six NHS Boards did not meet the standard.

  • 12.5% of patients did not attend their appointment and did not notify the hospital.

Pain Psychology Clinics


Due to the developmental nature of these data should be interpreted with caution. Ten NHS Boards provide Pain Psychology Clinics, but only six can provide data. For this quarter, NHS Ayrshire & Arran were not able to provide any data, once supplied this information will be updated. Therefore, no comparisons with previous quarters are provided.


Based on data from five NHS Boards:


  • Six out of ten (61.2%) of the 268 patients attending their first appointment were seen within 18 weeks.

  • There were 429 referrals to a pain psychology clinic.

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05 September 2017

expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services

  • At 30 June 2017, 1,118.5 WTE (1,346 headcount) clinical staff were in post within Psychology Services in NHSScotland. This is an increase of around 174% since data collection began in 2001. The rate of growth in the workforce had slowed between 2014 and 2016 but has increased in the last three quarters, showing an increase of 5.6% overall since 30 September 2016.

  • Clinical psychologists remained the largest staff group within this workforce with 735.6 WTE in post at this census compared to 311.0 WTE at 30 September 2001 an increase of 136.5%. The rate of growth in this staff group had also slowed in recent years but has increased since 30 September 2016.

  • At 30 June 2017, 92.3 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised, equating to a 7.6% vacancy rate. The vacancy rate for all professional groups has increased slightly over the last 3 quarters.

  • Since 2001, there have been 726 successful graduates of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, of which 70.4% are currently employed within NHSScotland Psychology Services.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during July 2017 was 25,188, a decrease of 3.2% from 26,018 during July 2016.

  • 2,075 operations (8.2% of planned operations) were cancelled in July 2017, ranging from 5.2% to 10.4% except for NHS Western Isles who were 25.4% (20 operations) due to problems with equipment. This compares to 2,318 (8.9%) in July 2016.

  • Of all planned operations: 849 (3.4%) were cancelled by the patient; 775 (3.1%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons; 404 (1.6%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 46 (0.2%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in Post, Vacancies and Turnover

As at 30 June 2017:


  • The 162,192 staff employed by NHSScotland represents an increase of 0.5% over the last year. Adjusting for part time working, the WTE has risen by 0.6% to 138,931.4. The WTE has risen by 5.7% since June 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. However, the annual growth rates in each of these years were 1.5%, 1.9%, 1.1%, 0.5% and 0.6% showing that growth has slowed in recent years.

  • 8.5% (476.4 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant. This compares to 7.5% at 30 June 2016. Of these vacancies, 228.9 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 40.2 WTE over the past year.

  • There were 59,377.9 WTE nursing and midwifery staff in post, representing an increase of 0.3% in the last year (189.2 WTE). The WTE has risen by 5.7% (3,194.3 WTE) since 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. However, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.

  • 5.2% (3,231.6 WTE) of nursing and midwifery posts were vacant. This compares to 4.2% at 30 June 2016. Of these vacancies, 952.8 WTE were vacant for 3 months or more, an increase of 354.1 WTE over the past year.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 27 August 2017:


  • There were 26,862 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 83 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 10 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • 4,092 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Scotland which is a decrease from the previous quarter (4,333) and from quarter ending June 2016 (4,736).

  • Eight out of 10 (80.7%) children and young people were seen within 18 weeks and half started their treatment within eleven weeks. This compares with 83.6% in the previous quarter and 77.7% for the quarter ending June 2016.

  • The 18 week standard was met by eight NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles).

  • Across Scotland, one in nine (12.2%) patients referred to CAMHS did not attend their first appointment, this compares with 11.8% in the previous quarter and 13.0% in the quarter ending June 2016.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

Based on the available data for the quarter ending June 2017:


  • 12,028 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies - had the data submissions been complete, it is estimated that around 15,300 people would have started treatment.

  • Around three quarters (72.4%) of patients were seen within 18 weeks - had the data submissions been complete it is estimated that 77.9% of patients would have been seen within 18 weeks.

  • One NHS Board (NHS Western Isles) met the standard of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks.

  • Improving access to services for older people is a key element of the mental health strategy. Based on available data, 810 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter of which 82.0% were seen within 18 weeks.

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expand menu  Scottish Cervical Screening Programme Statistics

  • The percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened adequately within the specified period was 73.4%.

  • Uptake was higher in areas of lower deprivation. Uptake for women aged 25 to 64 in the least deprived areas was 78.3% compared with 67.4% in the most deprived areas.

  • Cervical screening uptake is highest in HPV vaccinated women across ages 21-25 when compared to non-vaccinated women. This may be partly due to immunised women being more aware of the risks involved following the education received during the immunisation programme.

  • In 2016-17, 417,267 cervical screening tests were processed. Of all tests processed, 97.2% were of satisfactory quality i.e. there were enough cells in the sample.

  • Of the satisfactory quality tests, 91.5% had a negative (normal) result, 7.5% had a low grade cell change and the remaining 1.0% had high grade cell changes.

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expand menu  Dementia Benchmarking Toolkit

The toolkit provides a mechanism for monitoring and tracking change and improvement over time in respect of dementia services in Scotland. The toolkit contains data on prescribing, Quality and Outcomes Framework, hospital activity and care homes up to 31 March 2016.

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expand menu  Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit

The Adult Mental Health Benchmarking Toolkit aims to improve Mental Health Services by using benchmarking to understand and compare services and their outcomes and to promote best practice. The toolkit is primarily adult focused based on General Psychiatry and Psychiatry of Old Age specialties, and excludes Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities and Forensic Psychiatry services. However, for certain indicators data are not available at an adult only level and may pertain to the wider Mental Health service. It contains information on financial, prescribing, workforce and psychiatric hospital activity.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply

  • Since this data collection began in 2006 there has been a 53.6% increase in the CAMHS workforce from 653.7 WTE (741 headcount) to 1004.1 WTE (1,169 headcount) as at 30 June 2017. In the last two years growth has slowed, however the workforce has increased by 3% in the last two quarters.

  • At 30 June 2017 the average staffing level within NHSScotland CAMHS was 91.9 WTE staff per 100,000 population aged 0 - 18. This figure varies considerably across NHS Boards.

  • As at 30 June 2017 there were 80 individuals undertaking education aimed at supplying the CAMHS workforce. 31 of these are on a CAMHS aligned Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

  • At 30 June 2017, 46.4 WTE (4.4%) posts were vacant and in the process of being advertised. This rate has remained steady since 2011.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During July 2017:


  • There were 137,635 attendances at A&E services in Scotland.

  • 95.7% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

  • 278 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

  • 27 (0%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

  • 24.2% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland - Revised (Revised 26 September 2017)

  • In July 2017, 40,791 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed. This compares with 43,919 days in July 2016.

  • The average number of beds occupied per day in July 2017 was 1,316. In June, the daily average was 1,308.

  • At the July 2017 census point, there were 1,303 people delayed. This compares with 1,396 at the census point in July 2016.

  • Of those delayed at the July 2017 census, 1,063 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (729), followed by complex needs (293) then patient and family-related reasons (41).

- Revised (Revised 26 September 2017)
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expand menu  Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Key Clinical Indicator (KCI), LARC - 2017

In primary care and sexual health settings combined:


  • LARC prescribing rates remained stable over the reporting period with 52.4 per 1,000 women prescribed LARC in 2016/17.

  • The most common method of LARC was the contraceptive implant: prescribing rates were 27.9 per 1,000 women compared to 18.5 for the intrauterine system (IUS) and 6.0 for the intrauterine device (IUD).

  • Younger women were more likely to be prescribed the contraceptive implant: prescribing rates were 38.2 per 1,000 women aged under 20.

  • Older women were more likely to be prescribed the IUS: prescribing rates were 22.9 per 1,000 women aged 45 and over.

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29 August 2017

expand menu  Improving ethnic data collection for equality and diversity monitoring

  • The level of ethnic group recording in inpatient and day case records in NHS Scotland has remained at around 80% over the last two years. In the most recent quarter it was 82%, varying from 44% to 94% between NHS Boards.

  • Completeness of recording for new outpatient appointment records was 74% in the most recent quarter.

  • In the most recent quarter, only NHS Dumfries & Galloway achieved completeness of recording above 90% for acute inpatient and day case records.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics

  • 81.4% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 82.2% during quarter ending 31 March 2017 and 91.3% during quarter ending 30 June 2016.

  • 74.0% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 30 June 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 80.7% at 31 March 2017 and 85.7% at 30 June 2016.

  • 82.9% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 30 June 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.7% at 31 March 2017 and 92.2% at 30 June 2016.

  • 84.8% of patients were seen within the 18 Week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 83.2% seen during month ending 31 March 2017 and 87.0% during month ending 30 June 2016.

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

During the quarter ending June 2017:


  • The four IVF centres in Scotland screened 412 eligible patients, compared with 388 in the previous quarter.

  • 99.8% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days.

  • The 90% target has continued to be met since reporting started two years ago.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment

  • 81.4% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 82.2% during quarter ending 31 March 2017 and 91.3% during quarter ending 30 June 2016.

  • 74.0% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 30 June 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 80.7% at 31 March 2017 and 85.7% at 30 June 2016.

  • 82.9% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 30 June 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.7% at 31 March 2017 and 92.2% at 30 June 2016.

  • 84.8% of patients were seen within the 18 Week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 83.2% seen during month ending 31 March 2017 and 87.0% during month ending 30 June 2016.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

  • 81.4% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 82.2% during quarter ending 31 March 2017 and 91.3% during quarter ending 30 June 2016.

  • 74.0% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 30 June 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 80.7% at 31 March 2017 and 85.7% at 30 June 2016.

  • 82.9% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 30 June 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.7% at 31 March 2017 and 92.2% at 30 June 2016.

  • 84.8% of patients were seen within the 18 Week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 30 June 2017. This compares to 83.2% seen during month ending 31 March 2017 and 87.0% during month ending 30 June 2016.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Dispenser Payments and Prescription Cost Analysis Report

Overall Cost


  • The total (net) cost for dispensing items and providing services (including fees for dispensing and additional pharmaceutical services) in 2016/17 was £1.3 billion, an increase of 2.3% compared to 2015/16.

  • The total number of items dispensed increased by 1.2% to 103.4 million items from 2015/16 to 2016/17. The cost of items reimbursed has increased overall by 28.4% over the last 10 years.

Products Dispensed


  • The Gross Ingredient Cost for items dispensed increased by 2.9% between 2015/16 and 2016/17, to £1.1 billion. This is partly due to price adjustments for items with supply issues, new medicines and the move in supply of some high cost treatments from hospital to primary care.

  • This is reflected in the average cost per item which has increased from £10.79 to £10.98 between 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  • In 2016/17 the drug pregabalin, used to treat epilepsy, had the highest total Gross Ingredient Cost in 2016/17 at £40.74 million. The drug omeprazole, used for reducing stomach acid, was the most commonly prescribed drug with 3.6 million dispensed items.

Services Provided


  • The cost for remuneration of services has increased by £0.6 million (0.3%) from £213.4 million in 2015/16 to £214.0 million in 2016/17.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 20 August 2017:


  • There were 25,670 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 83 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 15 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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22 August 2017

expand menu  Scottish Hip Fracture Audit

  • 40% of patients with hip fractures had delirium screening in emergency departments (ED) as recommended.

  • Use of the recommended method of pain relief in the ED improved from 18% of patients in 2015/16 to 30% in 2016, although rates still vary widely.

  • In 2016, 31% of patients had a delay to theatre of greater than 36 hours, usually because of a lack of theatre time or for anaesthetic reasons.

  • 20% of patients were repeatedly fasted for theatre.

  • Although 26% of patients were given oral fluids up to at least 4 hours prior to theatre, 22% had oral fluids withheld for over 10 hours.

  • The proportion of people having a geriatric assessment within 3 days of admission improved from 58% (2015/16) to 69% (2016).

  • There continues to be nationwide variation in the proportion of people who returned home within 30 days of their hip fracture. This ranged from 65% to 38% and the national mean rate was 57%.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 8.4% between January to March 2014 and January to March 2017.

  • Royal Alexandra/Vale of Leven Hospital (HSMR of 1.13) had a significantly higher standardised mortality ratio in January to March 2017 than the national average.

  • One hospital had a significantly lower standardised mortality ratio in January to March 2017 than the national average: Western General Hospital (HSMR of 0.77).

  • Of the 29 hospitals reported, 11 have shown a reduction of more than 10% since January to March 2014:

    • University Hospital Ayr

    • University Hospital Crosshouse

    • Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

    • Forth Valley Royal Hospital

    • Inverclyde Royal Hospital

    • Hairmyres Hospital

    • Monklands District General Hospital

    • Ninewells Hospital

    • Wishaw General Hospital

    • Balfour Hospital

    • Western Isles Hospital

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 13 August 2017:


  • There were 25,747 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 69 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 3 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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15 August 2017

expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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08 August 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  The Scottish Arthroplasty Project

  • 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.

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expand menu  Audit of Critical Care in Scotland

  • 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.

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expand menu  Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Statistics

  • 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.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • 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).

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02 August 2017

expand menu  Suicide Statistics for Scotland

  • 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.

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01 August 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • 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.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times - Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)

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.

- Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)
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25 July 2017

expand menu  Detect Cancer Early Staging Data

  • 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Outcomes Count - Re-design and use of the community Indicator of Relative Need (ioRN2)

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.

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18 July 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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11 July 2017

expand menu  Scottish Stroke Care Audit

  • 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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).

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04 July 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics - Revised (Revised 06 July 2017)

During the week ending 25 June 2017:


  • There were 27,232 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 71 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 12 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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- Revised (Revised 06 July 2017)
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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • 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).

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expand menu  Teenage Pregnancies

  • 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.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • 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.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times - Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)

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.

- Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)
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27 June 2017

expand menu  ColorectaI Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 3,344 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer in Scotland during 2015/16.

  • The target for the mortality rate 30 days following elective surgery is to be below 5%. Overall in Scotland, in each of the three years this was achieved. In 2015/16, for example, the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of surgery was 1.3%.

  • The estimated three year survival rate for patients aged 55-64 diagnosed with colorectal cancer during 2010 and 2012 was 69% for both males and females.

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expand menu  Cancer Waiting Times

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


  • 88.1% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard, compared to 87.5% in the previous quarter and 90.2% for quarter ending March 2016.

  • The 62 day standard was met by two NHS Boards (NHS Dumfries & Galloway 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


  • 94.9% of patients started treatment within the 31 day standard, compared to 94.1% in the previous quarter. In quarter ending 2016 the figure was also 94.9%.

  • The 31 day standard was met by 11 of 15 NHS Boards.

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expand menu  ScotPHO website quarterly updates

Drugs – Addiction Prevalence Testing


  • In 2016/17, 76% of individuals entering prison tested positive for illegal drugs and 30% tested positive for illegal drugs when leaving prison.

Drugs – Drug-Related offences


  • In 2015/16, the rates of recorded offences for possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to supply remained similar to previous years at 55.7 and 7.4 offences per 10,000 population respectively.

Drugs – Drug-Related Criminal Proceedings


  • In 2015/16, for those convicted of possession of drugs with intent to supply, the most common sentence was imprisonment (49%). For possession of drugs, the most common sentence was a fine (61%).

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expand menu  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

  • The quarterly trend over the past three years shows little change in the performance and that people continue to receive early access for their first drug or alcohol treatment.

  • Of the 10,848 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 94.9% waited three weeks or less. More than half (56.3%) started their first treatment within one week of referral.

    • For the 6,651 people seeking alcohol treatment, 95.5% waited three weeks or less.

    • For the 4,197 people seeking drug treatment, 94.0% waited three weeks or less.

  • All NHS Boards, except NHS Highland, NHS Lothian and NHS Shetland met the National Delivery Plan standard.

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expand menu  Alcohol Brief Interventions, 2016/17 LDP Standard Report

ABIs delivered in 2016/17


  • In 2016/17 there were 86,560 ABIs delivered in Scotland. This is 42% more than the 61,081 set out in the Local Delivery Plan standard for 2016/17.

  • 55,950 of the ABIs delivered were in priority settings (Primary Care, Accident & Emergency and Antenatal settings). This is 12 percentage points more than the required minimum standard for priority settings.

  • Ten of the 14 NHS Boards met or exceeded their standard for delivery of all ABIs. Seven NHS Boards met or exceeded their standard for ABIs delivered in priority settings.

  • The number of ABIs delivered in Scotland fell for the third consecutive year to 86,560 from a peak of 104,356 in 2013/14.

  • The number of ABIs in ‘wider’ settings (settings other than priority settings) has increased for the fourth consecutive year from nearly 10,500 in 2012/13 to over 30,500 in 2016/17. ABIs delivered in wider settings account for 35% of all ABIs recorded in 2016/17.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 18 June 2017:


  • There were 27,476 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 94 (0.3%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 28 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Childhood Immunisation Statistics Scotland

Quarterly Uptake


  • Uptake rates of most vaccines by 12 and 24 months of age decreased slightly but remain high in Scotland.

  • Uptake rates by 12 months of age for complete primary courses of immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib (the five-in-one vaccine) and PCV were above 96%.

  • Uptake of the newly introduced MenB vaccine by 12 months age increased marginally to 95.9%. Uptake of rotavirus vaccine also increased marginally to 93.6%.

  • Uptake rates of the first dose of MMR, Hib/MenC and PCV booster by 24 months have all decreased slightly, to around 94.5%.

Annual Uptake


  • Immunisation uptake rates for children in Scotland decreased slightly from the previous year, although rates remained high in the year ending 31 March 2017.

  • The national target is for 95% uptake of one dose of the MMR vaccine by five years of age, with a supplementary measure at 24 months. In the year ending 31 March 2017, annual uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age decreased slightly to 94.9%. Uptake of one dose by five years of age was 96.9%. Uptake rates of one dose of MMR by five years have remained above the 95% target since 2009.

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expand menu  Measuring Use of Health Services by Equality Group

The Information Services Division has released a report describing the current availability of equality data in routine national administrative health datasets in Scotland. These datasets are used for a number of secondary uses such as planning, performance monitoring, benchmarking and research. The report provides information about what equality data are collected and how complete they are, discusses possible data quality issues and gives examples of how routine health service data can be used to measure differences between equality groups. It also highlights and explains the gaps in equality data and explores ways in which these could be addressed.

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expand menu  Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds information

Outpatient activity


  • There were 1,064,629 total outpatient attendances in the quarter ending March 2017, a slight decrease on the quarter ending March 2016(1,098,183), with a 9% increase in the last five years.

  • Of the total outpatient attendances, there were 374,182 new attendances and 690,447 follow-up attendances.

  • Less than one in ten patients did not attend their first outpatient appointment, which is a slight reduction compared to the same quarter in 2016.

Beds statistics


  • There were on average 15,635 available staffed beds for all acute specialties in March 2017. This is a decrease of 1.3% since the quarter ending March 2016.

Inpatient and day case activity


  • In total there were 398,746 acute inpatient, day case episodes of care and transfers recorded in the quarter ending March 2017. This is a decrease of 5.7% from 422,948 in quarter ending March 2016.

  • Driven by changes in recording practices and service redesign to the emergency care services in some NHS Boards, the number of transfers have shown a steady rise since March 2012, and have now decreased by 7.4 % to 103,221 episodes compared to the quarter ending March 2016.

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20 June 2017

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard

The Information Services Division has released data up to 31 March 2017 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 11 June 2017:


  • There were 25,832 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 95.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 46 (0.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 6 (<0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Allied Health Professionals Musculoskeletal Waiting Times

  • Over half (55.3%) of the 74,960 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks. This compares with 55.0% of patients during quarter ending 31 December 2016.

  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 18 weeks.

  • 92,881 people were referred to AHP MSK services compared to 82,738 for the quarter ending 31 December 2016.

  • In the quarter ending 31 March 2017, 7.3% adults did not attend their out-patient appointment for AHP MSK services.

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13 June 2017

expand menu  Injecting Equipment Provision in Scotland 2015/16

  • In 2015/16 there were a total of 287 Injecting Equipment Provision outlets in Scotland, of which 219 (76%) were located in pharmacies, and the remaining 68 were part of other services (e.g. specialist drug treatment providers).

  • In 2015/16, nearly 328,000 attendances were reported by outlets, approximately the same as in 2014/15. Eight of 12 participating NHS Boards reported increases in attendances between 2014/15 and 2015/16, while decreases were reported by four NHS Boards.

  • Where gender of the client was reported, 79% of attendances were made by males.

  • Over 4.7 million needles and syringes were reported to have been distributed by participating outlets in 2015/16.

  • Nationally, it was estimated that an average of 77 needles and syringes were distributed per problem drug user in 2015/16.

  • The number of outlets distributing items of sterile injecting equipment other than needles and syringes has increased over time. In 2015/16, wipes or swabs and citric acid or vitamin C were most commonly distributed (approximately 4.5 million and 3.7 million items respectively).

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expand menu  Chronic Pain Waiting Times

Pain Clinics


  • Twelve out of fourteen NHS Boards provide pain clinics and submit data for patients attending their first appointment based on the 18 weeks referral to treatment (RTT) Standard.

  • During quarter ending 31 March 2017, there were 4,640 referrals to a pain clinic, a decrease from 4,771 referrals in the previous quarter. Out of these, 4,016 referrals were accepted.

  • Overall, the percentage of patients attending their first appointment at a chronic pain clinic within 18 weeks of referral has decreased over the last year.

  • Five of the twelve NHS Boards saw over nine out of ten patients within 18 weeks. NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney & NHS Shetland saw all their patients within 18 weeks. The remaining seven NHS Boards did not meet the standard.

  • 12.5% of patients did not attend their appointment and did not notify the hospital.

Pain Psychology Clinics


Ten NHS Boards provide this service:


  • Among the six Boards which can submit data for patients attending pain psychology clinics, 85.7% of the 273 patients attending their first appointment this quarter were seen within 18 weeks.

  • Due to the developmental nature of these data the figures for pain psychology clinics should be interpreted with caution.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 04 June 2017:


  • There were 27,829 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 94.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 112 patients (0.4%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 25 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics-Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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

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06 June 2017

expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times - Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)

During April 2017:


  • There were 136,077 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.4% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 688 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 98 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 24.5% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

- Revised (Revised 01 August 2017)
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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • 4,333 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Scotland which is similar to the previous quarter (4,331) but a decrease from quarter ending March 2016 (4,496).

  • Over eight out of 10 (83.6%) children and young people were seen within 18 weeks and half started their treatment within ten weeks. This compares with 82.5% in the previous quarter and 84.4% for the quarter ending March 2016.

  • The 18 week standard was met by ten NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles).

  • Across Scotland, over one in nine (11.8%) patients referred to CAMHS did not attend their first appointment, this compares with 11.9% in the previous quarter and 12.1% in the quarter ending March 2016.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

  • 11,208 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland which is a decrease from the previous quarter (11,393).

  • Over seven out of ten (73.7%) patients were seen within 18 weeks which compares with 77.5% in the previous quarter.

  • Three NHS Boards met the standard of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks - these were NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Western Isles. Please see background notes for information relating to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

  • 604 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter and 79.8% were seen within 18 weeks which is an increase from the previous quarter (593).

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 28 May 2017:


  • There were 27,876 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.6% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 126 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 13 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Services - Revised (Revised 05 September 2017)

  • At 31 March 2017, 1,097.3 WTE (1,315 headcount) clinical staff were in post within psychology services in NHSScotland. This is an increase of around 169% since data collection began in 2001. However growth has slowed over the last two years, increasing by 2.8% over this period. (see Figure 1).

  • Clinical psychologists remain the largest staff group within this workforce with 727.0 WTE in post at this census compared to 311.0 WTE at 30 September 2001 – an increase of 133.8% However, growth has slowed over the last two years, with the WTE of this staff group increasing by 2.2% (see Figure 1).

  • At 31 March 2017, 82.2 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised, equating to a 7.0% vacancy rate. This rate declined from September 2011 to September 2014 and has remained steady since then.

  • Since 2001, there have been 719 successful graduates of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, of which 69.8% are currently employed within NHSScotland Psychology Services.

- Revised (Revised 05 September 2017)
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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during April 2017 was 24,491, a decrease of 17.7% from 29,754 during April 2016. This may be due to the Easter public holiday falling in April.

  • 2,295 operations (9.4% of planned operations) were cancelled in April 2017, ranging from 2.8% to 13.4% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 2,807 (9.4%) in April 2016.

  • Of all planned operations: 898 (3.7%) were cancelled by the patient; 821 (3.4%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 490 (2.0%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 86 (0.4%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • In April 2017, 40,925 days were spent in hospital by people whose discharge was delayed.

  • This is equivalent to an average of 1,364 beds occupied per day in April 2017. In March, the daily average was 1,338.

  • At the April 2017 census point, there were 1,377 people delayed.

  • Of these, 1,085 were delayed more than three days. The most common reason for delays over three days was health and social care reasons (713), followed by complex needs (328) then patient and family-related reasons (44).

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply

  • Since this data collection began in 2006 there has been a 51.2% increase in the CAMHS workforce from 653.7 WTE (741 headcount) to 988.6 WTE (1,152 headcount) as at 31 March 2017. The majority of this expansion occurred prior to 31 March 2015 and there has been minimal change in the CAMHS workforce in the last two years (a small rise of 0.8% WTE).

  • At 31 March 2017 the average staffing level within NHSScotland CAMHS was 90.5 WTE staff per 100,000 population aged 0 - 18. This figure varies considerably across NHS Boards.

  • At 31 March 2017 there were 81 individuals undertaking education aimed at supplying the CAMHS workforce. 33 of these are on a CAMHS aligned Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

  • At 31 March 2017, 42.3 WTE (4.1%) posts were vacant and in the process of being advertised. This rate has remained steady since 2011.

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expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in Post, Vacancies and Turnover

As at 31 March 2017:


  • The 162,598 staff employed by NHSScotland represents an increase of 0.6% over the last year. Adjusting for part time working, the WTE has risen by 0.7% to 139,430.9. The WTE has risen by 6.3% since March 2012, representing 5 years of consecutive growth. While the number of staff continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.

  • There were 5,189.2 WTE medical and dental consultants in post, representing an increase of 17.2% (761.5 WTE) over the last five years. While the number of consultants working in NHSScotland continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has decreased from 4.0% at 31 March 2016 to 1.4% at 31 March 2017.

  • 7.4% (415.7 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant. This compares to 6.5% at 31 March 2016. Of these vacancies, 204.3 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 38.2 WTE since last year.

  • There were 59,798.6 WTE nursing and midwifery staff in post, representing an increase of 0.7% in the last year (426.2 WTE). Following a reduction in staff during 2012, the WTE has risen by 5.9% (3,331.3 WTE), representing 5 years of consecutive growth. While the number of staff continues to increase, the annual rate of growth has slowed down in the last 2 years.

  • Nursing and midwifery vacancies have increased by 27.5% since March 2016 to 2,818.9 WTE. Of these vacancies, 670.6 WTE were vacant for 3 months or more, an increase of 227.5 WTE since 31 March 2016. The total number of vacancies is the highest ever reported by ISD but this is partly due to improved recording.

  • The sickness absence rate for NHSScotland in 2016/17 was 5.20%, a slight increase from 5.16% in 2015/16. Over the last ten years, the national rate has continued to exceed the current national standard of 4%, fluctuating between a high of 5.55% in 2006/07 to a low of 4.63% in 2011/12.

  • NHSScotland spent a total of £166.5 million on nursing and midwifery bank and agency staff during the latest financial year. This represents an increase of £8.4 million (5.3%) in comparison to 2015/16. The majority of this spend was on bank staff (£142 million, an increase of 5.5% on the previous year) with the remaining spend on agency staff (£24.5 million, up 4.4%).

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30 May 2017

expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

  • 82.1% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 March 2017. This has decreased from 86.8% during quarter ending 31 December 2016 and 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016.

  • 80.7% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 March 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 75.7% at 31 December 2016 and 88.9% at 31 March 2016.

  • 86.7% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 March 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.1% at 31 December 2017 and 94.6% at 31 March 2016.

  • 83.2% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 March 2017. This compares with 83.8% seen during month ending 31 December 2016 and 86.6% during month ending 31 March 2016.

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

During the quarter ending March 2017:


  • 388 eligible patients were screened at one of the four IVF centres, compared with 487 in the previous quarter.

  • 100% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days.

  • Three quarters of patients were screened within 182 days.

  • The 90% target has continued to be met since reporting started two years ago.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment

  • 82.1% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 March 2017. This has decreased from 86.8% during quarter ending 31 December 2016 and 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016.

  • 80.7% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 March 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 75.7% at 31 December 2016 and 88.9% at 31 March 2016.

  • 86.7% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 March 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.1% at 31 December 2017 and 94.6% at 31 March 2016.

  • 83.2% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 March 2017. This compares with 83.8% seen during month ending 31 December 2016 and 86.6% during month ending 31 March 2016.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 21 May 2017:


  • There were 26,619 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 136 patients (0.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 6 patients (<0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics

  • 82.1% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 March 2017. This has decreased from 86.8% during quarter ending 31 December 2016 and 92.7% during quarter ending 31 March 2016.

  • 80.7% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 March 2017 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This compares to 75.7% at 31 December 2016 and 88.9% at 31 March 2016.

  • 86.7% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 March 2017 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 86.1% at 31 December 2017 and 94.6% at 31 March 2016.

  • 83.2% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 March 2017. This compares with 83.8% seen during month ending 31 December 2016 and 86.6% during month ending 31 March 2016.

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expand menu  Abortions Statistics, Termination Statistics

  • The number of terminations of pregnancy in Scotland in 2016 was 12,063; down from 12,134 in 2015, remaining below the 2008 peak of 13,908 terminations.

  • For the third successive year the lowest termination rate was in the under 16 age group. The under 16 rate has decreased year on year since 2009.

  • Since 2013, a widening gap in termination rates has been evident between women from the most and least deprived areas. In 2016 termination rates for women in the most deprived areas was twice as high as those from the least deprived areas.

  • Although the number of terminations performed under Ground E (there is substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped) accounted for less than 2% of all terminations performed in Scotland, this has steadily increased from 136 in 2011 to a high of 214 in 2016.

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expand menu  Quality Outcome Measure 10: The Percentage of last six months of life spent at home or in a community setting

  • There were 53,870 deaths in Scotland during 2016/17, excluding those where an external cause such as unintentional injury was recorded.
  • Of these people, 87% of their last six months of life was spent at home or in a community setting with the remaining 13% of time spent in hospital. This has remained broadly similar over the seven years from 2010/11 to 2016/17.
  • The percentage of those in the youngest age group that spent their last 6 months at home or in the community was slightly higher than the percentage in the oldest age group; 92% in the 0-54 age group compared to 87% for those aged 85+. This may reflect the different causes of death in these age groups.
  • The percentage of the last six months of life spent at home or in a community setting for those living in the most deprived areas is the same as those living in the least deprived areas.

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expand menu  Unintentional Injuries

  • The provisional data show there were 34,376 emergency hospital admissions for a fall during 2016/2017.

  • 60.6% of these falls occurred in people aged 65 and over.

  • A seasonal pattern can be seen in the quarterly data with more admissions for falls occurring in the winter months in older people, and more admissions in the summer months in the younger age groups.

  • There was no indication of a substantial change to the trend over the period April 2013 to December 2016.

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23 May 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • 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

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16 May 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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09 May 2017

expand menu  Prescribing Statistics-Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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02 May 2017

expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

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.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • 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).

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25 April 2017

expand menu  Scottish Breast Screening Programme Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Cancer Incidence

  • 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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18 April 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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11 April 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 02 April 2017:


  • There were 26,592 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 140 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.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics-Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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04 April 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 26 March 2017:


  • There were 25,628 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 93.6% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 141 (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 38 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • In February 2017, 40,246 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.

    • The number of bed days occupied by delayed discharges has fallen gradually since October 2016.

    • While there was a fall in bed days in February, this is largely due to the fact that February has fewer days than January.

    • The average daily number of bed days occupied by delayed discharges in February was 1,437, compared with 1,427 in January.

  • At the February 2017 census, there were 1,439 people delayed. Of these, 834 (58%) were delayed more than three days for health and social care reasons.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during February 2017 was 27,475 a decrease of 11.9% from 31,177 during February 2016. This decrease may be partly due to 2016 being a leap year.

  • 2,544 operations (9.3% of planned operations) were cancelled in February 2017, ranging from 3.6% to 13.8% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 3,225 (10.3%) in February 2016.

  • Of all planned operations: 933 (3.4%) were cancelled by the patient; 946 (3.4%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 586 (2.1%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 79 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Scottish Drug Misuse Database: Overview of Initial Assessments for Specialist Drug Treatment 2015/16

  • In 2015/16, initial assessments for specialist drug treatment relating to 11,954 individuals were recorded on the Scottish Drug Misuse Database.

  • Among individuals reporting recent illicit drug use:

    • the percentage seeking treatment for heroin (reporting it as their main drug) decreased from 64% in 2006/07 to 47% in 2015/16.

    • the percentage of under 25s reporting recent heroin use fell from 58% in 2006/07 to 25% in 2015/16.

  • A general downward trend in the percentage of individuals who reported that they were currently injecting was observed (from 28% in 2006/07 to 18% in 2015/16).

  • Between 2006/07 and 2015/16 current sharing of needles/syringes decreased from 12% to 6%, whilst sharing of other injection-related equipment fell from 20% to 8%.

  • The percentage of individuals assessed for specialist drug treatment who were aged 35 and over increased from 30% in 2006/07 to 50% in 2015/16.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During February 2017:


  • There were 118,803 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.

  • 92.5% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

  • 1,111 (1%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

  • 287 (0.3%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

  • 26.6% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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28 March 2017

expand menu  Primary Care in Dentistry: Annual Report

Compared to financial year 2014-2015:


  • In 2015/16, the total cost of General Dental Services and Public Dental Services in Scotland increased by 1.8% to £402.1m.

  • Total payments made to dentists increased by 3.0% to £349.5m.

  • Costs of dental registration fees for both children and adults increased by 2.1% and 4.3% respectively. This is due to fee increases and to higher numbers of patients registered.

  • The total cost of treatment fees increased by 1.0% to £125.8m. However, this is due to a feescale increase of 1.6%; numbers of treatments provided continue to decrease year on year.

  • Due to changes in superannuation contribution rated for NHS employers there was a further increase in costs to NHS Boards.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Minor Ailments Service

  • At 31 March 2016, 17.6% of the population of Scotland (946,804 people) were registered for MAS.

  • The service dispensed over 2.1 million items with a total value of £5.1 million, similar to the previous two years. This accounted for 2.2% of all items dispensed by community pharmacies in Scotland.

  • The most common drug dispensed was paracetamol, which accounted for 21.5% of items.

  • By 31 March 2016 every community pharmacy in Scotland had patients registered for the service. Registrations increased by 3.6% between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

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expand menu  Upper GI Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 1,366 people diagnosed with Upper GI cancer in Scotland during 2015.

  • The target for the mortality rate 30 days following surgery is to be below 10%. Overall in Scotland, in each of the three years this was achieved. In 2015, for example, the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of surgery was 1.3% for gastric cancer and 3.4% for oesophageal cancer.

  • For patients diagnosed in Scotland between 2012 and 2014, the estimated three year survival rate for patients aged 15-44 with oesophageal cancer is 29%. As with many other types of cancer, including gastric cancer, survival rates decrease sharply with increasing age.

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expand menu  Cancer Waiting Times

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


  • 87.5% of patients started treatment within the 62 day standard, compared to 87.1% in the previous quarter.

  • The 62 day standard was met by five NHS Boards (NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland).

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


  • 94.1% of patients started treatment within the 31 day standard, a slight decrease from 94.3% in the previous quarter.

  • The 31 day standard was met by 11 of 15 NHS Boards.

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expand menu  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Waiting Times

  • 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 10,322 people who started their first treatment in the most recent quarter, 95.0% waited three weeks or less. More than half (55.3%) started their first treatment within one week of referral.

    • For the 6,259 people seeking alcohol treatment, 95.2% waited three weeks or less.

    • For the 4,063 people seeking drug treatment, 94.6% waited three weeks or less.

    • There has been little change in the waiting times performance of both drug and alcohol treatment in the last 2 years.

  • All NHS Boards, except NHS Borders, NHS Highland and NHS Lothian met the Scottish Government’s standard.

  • At the end of this quarter, 2,370 people were waiting to start their first drug or alcohol treatment, of which 190 (8.0%) had been waiting more than six weeks. This is an increase from the same quarter last year when 143 (5.8%) people were waiting more than six weeks.

  • In prisons, 1,136 people started their first drug or alcohol treatment between October-December 2016, with 96.8% waiting three weeks or less and 75.3% waiting one week or less.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 19 March 2017:


  • There were 26,086 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 151 (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 26 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Childhood Immunisation Statistics Scotland

  • Immunisation uptake rates for children in Scotland remained high in 2016.

  • Uptake rates by 12 months of age for complete primary courses of immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Hib (the five-in-one vaccine), MenC and PCV were above 96%.

  • Although vaccine uptake by 12 months was high in the most deprived areas, the rates were slightly lower in these areas compared to the least deprived areas.

  • The national target is for 95% uptake of one dose of the MMR vaccine by five years of age, with a supplementary measure at 24 months. In 2016, annual uptake of one dose of MMR vaccine by 24 months of age decreased slightly to 94.9%. Uptake of one dose by five years of age was 96.8%. Uptake rates of one dose of MMR by five years have remained above the 95% target since 2009.

  • Quarterly uptake of the MenB vaccine by 12 months of age has increased from 94.5% to 95.8%. This was the second full quarter where data were available.

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expand menu  Acute Hospital Activity and NHS Beds information

Outpatients


  • There were 1,029,730 total outpatient attendances in the quarter ending December 2016, a slight decrease on the quarter ending December 2015 (1,091,724), with an 11.4% increase in the last five years.

  • Of the total outpatient attendances, there were 356,257 new attendances and 673,473 follow-up attendances.

  • Less than one in ten patients did not attend their first outpatient appointment, which is a slight reduction compared to the same quarter in 2015.

Inpatient and day case discharges


  • In total there were 401,412 acute inpatient, day case episodes of care and transfers recorded in the quarter ending December 2016. This is a decrease of 3.2 % from 414,592 in quarter ending December 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 1.3% to 104,518 episodes compared to the quarter ending December 2015.

Bed statistics


  • There were on average 15,495 available staffed beds for all acute specialties in December 2016. This is a decrease of 0.7% since the quarter ending December 2015.

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expand menu  Activity and Journeys Through Emergency and Urgent Care Services

  • There were around 2.8 million emergency and urgent care patient journeys across Scotland in the year ending March 2016. This equates to around 5 million separate contacts with NHS 24, OOH Primary Care, SAS, A&E and Emergency Inpatient services.

  • Three quarters of the activity for NHS 24, OOH Primary Care, SAS and A&E took place in the out of hours period. The out of hours period is defined as 6pm to 8 am, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

  • Children under five accounted for around one in ten of all contacts with all emergency and urgent care services.

  • Around twice as many contacts were made to emergency and urgent care services by individuals living in Scotland’s most deprived areas compared to the least deprived.

  • Females in age groups 15 through to 30 were twice as likely to contact NHS 24 and OOH Primary Care services as males.

  • In the year ending March 2016, the most common patient journey involved self referrals to A&E with no subsequent contact with emergency/urgent care services within 24 hours (27%).

  • Around a quarter of patient journeys starting in the OOH period involved a single contact with NHS 24 followed by a contact with OOH Primary Care. A further one in five journeys involved a single contact with either NHS 24 or OOH Primary Care.

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21 March 2017

expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Benchmarking Balanced Scorecard

The Information Services Division has released data up to 31 December 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 12 March 2017:


  • There were 26,087 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.2% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 147 (0.6%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 21 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Allied Health Professionals Musculoskeletal Waiting Times

  • Over half (54.0%) of the 73,907 patients who had a first clinical appointment with an AHP MSK service were seen within 4 weeks. This is an increase compared to quarter ending 30 September 2016 when 52.5% of patients were seen within 4 weeks.

  • Nine out of ten patients were seen within 18 weeks.

  • 86,913 people were referred to AHP MSK services compared to 96,775 for the quarter ending 30 September 2016.

  • In the quarter ending 31 December 2016, 8.1% adults did not attend their out-patient appointment for AHP MSK services.

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14 March 2017

expand menu  Chronic Pain Waiting Times

Pain Clinics


  • Twelve out of fourteen NHS Boards conduct pain clinics and submit data for patients seen based on the 18 weeks RTT Standard.

  • As at 31 December 2016, there were 4,771 referrals to a pain clinic, a decrease from 5,235 referrals in the previous quarter. Out of these, 4,172 referrals were accepted.

  • Six of the twelve NHS Boards saw over nine out of ten patients within 18 weeks. NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Fife, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, & NHS Shetland saw all their patients within 18 weeks.

  • The other six NHS Boards did not meet the standard.

  • 12.4% of patients did not attend their appointment and did not notify the hospital.

Pain Psychology Clinics


Ten NHS Boards provide this service.


  • Among the six Boards which submit data for patients seen based on the 18 weeks RTT Standard, 91.7% of the 252 patients seen this quarter were treated within 18 weeks. This figure has seen little change over the past 5 quarters.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics - Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 5 March 2017:


  • There were 25,589 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 90.7% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 301 (1.2%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 63 patients (0.2%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Hospital Inpatient Care of People with Mental Health Problems in Scotland, Trends up to 31 March 2016

Discharges for mental health conditions in all hospital wards


  • Mental health discharges have reached over 39,000 for the first time since 1998/99.

  • For the first time, in 2015/16 mental health discharges from non-psychiatric specialties were higher than those in psychiatric specialties.

  • Since 1997/98 there has been an increase of over 5,000 people discharged with symptoms of ‘delirium’ from 225 in 1997/98 to 5,631 in 2015/16 this may be explained in part due to an aging population and better data recording.

  • Discharges for ‘mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use’ have almost doubled (from 5,334 in 1997/98 to 10,298 in 2015/16).

  • In 2015/16, people living in the most deprived areas were around four times more likely to experience psychiatric inpatient care than people living in the least deprived areas.

Patients treated in the Learning Disability specialty


  • Discharges from the Learning Disability specialty fell sharply from around 4,700 to around 1,700, between 1997/98 and 2005/06, but have started to level out in more recent years.

  • People in the most deprived areas were more than four times as likely to experience an episode of inpatient care in the Learning Disability specialty, than those living in the least deprived areas.

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07 March 2017

expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • In January 2017, 44,222 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.

  • There were 1,482 people delayed at the January 2017 census. Of these:

    • 70% were aged 75 and over.

    • 20% were people with complex care needs.

    • 14% were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment.

    • 27% were awaiting completion of arrangements for social care support (e.g. carer) in order to live in their own home.

    • 24% were awaiting place availability in a care home.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during January 2017 was 27,879 a decrease of 3.0% from 28,746 during January 2016.

  • 2,742 operations (9.8% of planned operations) were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, ranging from 5.6% to 15.9% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 3,197 (11.1%) in January 2016.

  • Of all planned operations: 1,025 (3.7%) were cancelled by the patient; 930 (3.3%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 704 (2.5%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 83 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in NHSScotland: Characteristics of the workforce supply

  • Since this data collection began in 2006, there has been a 49.1% increase in the CAMHS workforce from 653.7 WTE (741 headcount) to 974.7 WTE (1,141 headcount) as at 31 December 2016. WTE and headcount have remained stable since March 2015.

  • Nationally, there is an average staffing level of 18.1 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of the population of Scotland at 31 December 2016. An additional 100.3 WTE clinical workers in post would be required to reach the overall target of 20 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of the total population, a target set by the Scottish Government in 2005/06 that was to be achieved by the end 2016.

  • At 31 December 2016, 26.0 WTE (2.6%) posts were vacant and in the process of being advertised. Including these posts, the CAMHS workforce would be 1,000.7 WTE, equivalent to a staffing level of 18.6 WTE clinical workers per 100,000 of Scotland’s population.

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expand menu  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Waiting Times

  • 4,222 children and young people started treatment at Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Scotland which is an increase from the previous quarter (4,072) but a decrease from quarter ending December 2015 (4,505).

  • Over eight out of 10 (82.5%) people were seen within 18 weeks and half started their treatment within nine weeks. This compares with 79.0% in the previous quarter and 76.2% for the quarter ending December 2015.

  • The 18 week standard was met by seven NHS Boards (NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside and NHS Western Isles).

  • Across Scotland, over one in nine (11.9%) patients referred to CAMHS did not attend their first appointment, this compares with 13.4% in the previous quarter and 13.0% in the quarter ending December 2015.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly Update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 26 February 2017:


  • There were 24,835 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 91.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 248 patients (1.0%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 35 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Unintentional Injuries

  • Unintentional injuries accounted for approximately 1 in 10 emergency hospital admissions for adults and 1 in 8 for children in 2015/16.

  • Those from the most deprived areas were more likely than those from the least deprived areas to have an unintentional injury.

  • 84% of unintentional injuries in those aged 65 and over were due to falls.

  • Assaults have decreased: there were 2,413 emergency admissions to hospital resulting from assault in 2015/16, a decrease of almost 55% over the past ten years.

  • Emergency hospital admissions for unintentional injuries have increased by 2% over the past ten years: in 2015/16 there were 55,547 compared to 54,393 in 2006/07.

  • In 2015 there were 1,892 deaths in Scotland due to unintentional injury; 18 in children under the age of 15 and 1,874 in those aged 15 and over.

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expand menu  Scottish Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme Statistics

Key Performance Indicator results year ending 31 March 2016


  • Uptake of the screening programme was high with 84% of men in Scotland tested before age 66 and 3 months, well above the essential target of 70%. All NHS Boards achieved an uptake rate of 80% or higher.

  • Uptake of screening was lower in the most deprived areas. The essential target of 70% uptake was met in all deprivation quintiles.

  • 72% of men referred to vascular specialist services for assessment were seen within two weeks, slightly below the essential target of 75%.

  • 28% of the men assessed by vascular specialist services as appropriate for aneurysm repair surgery were operated on by a vascular specialist within eight weeks. This was substantially below the essential target of 60%.

  • Since the programme began in June 2012, the 30-day mortality rate following planned open aneurysm repair surgery was 2.5% and following Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) was 0%. These met the essential and desirable targets.

  • The screening programme in Scotland met or exceeded the essential target in 10 of the 12 performance indicators.

Screening tests and results to 31 March 2016


  • Since the programme began over 87,500 of men eligible for screening have been tested and over 1,300 (1.5%) men had an aneurysm detected. In addition, over 4,000 men self-referred into the programme and were tested.

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expand menu  Workforce - Quarterly update of Staff in Post, Vacancies and Turnover

As at 31 December 2016:


  • The number of staff employed by NHSScotland continues to increase gradually. The headcount of 162,302 staff represents a rise of 0.5% over the last year. Adjusting for part time working, the WTE has risen by 0.7% to 139,262.0. Over the last 10 years the WTE has risen by 9.6%.

  • There were 5,170.3 WTE medical and dental consultants in post, an increase of 1.7% (88.2 WTE) since December 2015 and a reported 42.6% (1,545.7 WTE) since September 2006. Over the last 10 years the greatest percentage increases were reported in emergency medicine (185.1%) and paediatric specialties (84.0%), while medical specialties account for the greatest increase in number (448.6 WTE).

  • 6.8% (377.0 WTE) of consultant posts were vacant. This compares to 6.0% at 31 December 2015 and 7.0% at 30 September 2016. Of these vacancies, 180.9 WTE were vacant for more than six months, an increase of 34.0 WTE since 31 December 2015 but a slight decrease of 2.6 WTE since 30 September 2016.

  • There were 59,709.1 WTE nursing and midwifery staff in post, an increase of 0.7% (421.7 WTE) from December 2015. Over the last 10 years, the overall WTE has increased by 5.2% and the proportion of qualified staff has increased from 72.2% to 73.5%.

  • 4.1% (2,525.5 WTE) of nursing and midwifery posts were vacant. This compares to 3.6% at 31 December 2015 and 4.3% at 30 September 2016. Of these vacancies, 736.5 WTE were vacant for 3 months or more, an increase of 185.4 WTE since 31 December 2015 but a decrease of 88.1 WTE since 30 September 2016.

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expand menu  Psychological Therapies Waiting Times

  • 11,234 people started treatment for Psychological Therapies in Scotland which is an increase from the previous quarter (11,164) and a decrease from quarter ending December 2015 (13,161).

  • Just under eight out of ten (77.5%) patients were seen within 18 weeks which compares with 79.6% in the previous quarter and 83.5% for the quarter ending December 2015.

  • Two NHS Boards met the standard of treating 90% of patients referred within 18 weeks - these were NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Western Isles. Data completeness for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Highland are below 50% due to IT system changes; no conclusions can be drawn from their data. Revised figures will be published on completion of IT changes, therefore, Scotland figures will change.

  • 580 people aged 65 and over started treatment for Psychological Therapies in this quarter and 87.9% were seen within 18 weeks which is a decrease from the previous quarter (617) and quarter ending December 2015 (704).

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expand menu  Workforce Planning for Psychology Services in NHSScotland - Characteristics of the Workforce within Psychology Service - Revised (Revised 08 June 2017)

  • At 31 December 2016, 1,080.3 WTE (1,305 headcount) clinical staff were in post within psychology services in NHSScotland. This is an increase of around 165% since data collection began in 2001. However there has been little change to the size of this workforce over the last two years.

  • Clinical psychologists still remain the largest staff group within this workforce with 716.5 WTE in post at this census compared to 311.0 WTE at 30 September 2001 – an increase of 57% However, there has also been little change to the size of this group over the last two years.

  • Since quarterly data collection began in September 2011, the WTE of posts reported as vacant has remained relatively stable (see Figure 7). At 31 December 2016, 69.7 WTE posts were in the process of being advertised, equating to a 6.1% vacancy rate.

- Revised (Revised 08 June 2017)
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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During January 2017:


  • There were 128,648 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.

  • 91.8% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.

  • 1,480 (1.2%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.

  • 377 (0.3%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.

  • 27.2% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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28 February 2017

expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - 18 Weeks Referral to Treatment

  • 86.7% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 89.0% during quarter ending 30 September 2016 and 95.3% during quarter ending 31 December 2015.

  • 75.8% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 December 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 79.2% at 30 September 2016 and 87.6% at 31 December 2015.

  • 86.1% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 December 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 90.1% at 30 September 2016 and 93.2% at 31 December 2015.

  • 83.8% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 84.7% seen during month ending 30 September 2016 and 87.1% during month ending 31 December 2015.

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expand menu  IVF Waiting Times

During the quarter ending December 2016:


  • 487 eligible patients were screened at one of the four IVF centres, compared with 387 in the previous quarter – this is a 25.8% increase.

  • 99.8% of patients were screened for IVF treatment within 365 days.

  • Three quarters of patients were screened within 182 days.

  • Since reporting started two years ago, the 90% target has been met.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Diagnostics

  • 86.7% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 89.0% during quarter ending 30 September 2016 and 95.3% during quarter ending 31 December 2015.

  • 75.8% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 December 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 79.2% at 30 September 2016 and 87.6% at 31 December 2015.

  • 86.1% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 December 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 90.1% at 30 September 2016 and 93.2% at 31 December 2015.

  • 83.8% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 84.7% seen during month ending 30 September 2016 and 87.1% during month ending 31 December 2015.

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expand menu  The Changing Functional Needs and Dependency of People Living in Care Homes: Evidence from use of the Indicator of Relative Need in Scotland

  • 45 percent of care home residents in the 2014 sample had a high level of support need to carry out activities of daily living (ADL).

  • A further 12 percent had a medium level score on ADL but they also had support needs due to a risk of harm or behaviours such as may occur in advanced stages of dementia.

  • The survey results provide evidence of a rise in the number of residents with more complex support needs since 2006 and earlier.

  • Around one resident in six is in the most functionally independent group (Group A).

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expand menu  Out of Hours Primary Care Services in Scotland

  • In both 2014/15 and 2015/16, nearly 900,000 patients contacted OOH Primary Care services, resulting in just under a million patient consultations (attendance at Primary Care Emergency Centres, Home Visits &/or GP Advice).

  • Children under 5, women in their twenties and people aged 75 and over are the most common age groups of patients contacting Out of Hours Primary Care services.

  • Home visits account for 1 in 5 (190,000) of contacts with OOH Primary Care services. Among those aged 75 and over, over half (57%) of the patients receive a home visit.

  • For just over half of patients their treatment was completed following contact with OOH Primary Care services. Just over 3% of outcomes were a referral to A&E/Minor Injuries Unit.

  • In comparison with OOH Primary Care services, during the OOH time period A&E services have more attendances during the summer months. OOH Primary Care have a higher number of contacts during the winter months and a slight increase in the months which include public holidays.

  • During the weekend period OOH Primary Care services see a higher number of patients when compared with A&E Services, particularly during public holidays.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 19 February 2017:


  • There were 24,435 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.9% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 159 patients (0.7%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 33 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Lung Cancer Quality Performance Indicators

  • There were 4,778 people diagnosed with lung cancer in Scotland during 2015.

  • Overall in Scotland, the percentage of patients who have a pathological diagnosis was consistently above target and was the only performance standard that was met by all Boards across the three year reporting period; however five standards were met by all Boards in 2015 - indicating an improving trend.

  • For patients diagnosed in Scotland between 2012 and 2014, the estimated three year survival rate for patients aged 15-54 with lung cancer is 25%. As with many other types of cancer, survival rates decrease sharply with increasing age.

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expand menu  NHS Waiting Times - Stage of Treatment

  • 86.7% of patients were seen within the 12 week Treatment Time Guarantee (inpatients and day cases) for quarter ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 89.0% during quarter ending 30 September 2016 and 95.3% during quarter ending 31 December 2015.

  • 75.8% of patients waiting for a new outpatient appointment at 31 December 2016 had been waiting 12 weeks or less. This has decreased from 79.2% at 30 September 2016 and 87.6% at 31 December 2015.

  • 86.1% of patients waiting for a key diagnostic test at 31 December 2016 had been waiting less than six weeks. This compares to 90.1% at 30 September 2016 and 93.2% at 31 December 2015.

  • 83.8% of patients were seen within the 18 week Referral to Treatment standard during month ending 31 December 2016. This has decreased from 84.7% seen during month ending 30 September 2016 and 87.1% during month ending 31 December 2015.

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expand menu  Improving Ethnic Data Collection for Equality and Diversity Monitoring

  • There has been sustained improvement overall in the recording of ethnic group over the last two years in NHSScotland.

  • Completeness of recording for acute inpatient and day case records for the last quarter was 82% and for new outpatient appointment records was 73%.

  • In the most recent quarter, only NHS Dumfries & Galloway achieved completeness of recording above 90% for acute inpatient and day case records.

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expand menu  Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

  • The HSMR for Scotland has decreased by 8.6% between January to March 2014 (first quarter after new baseline) and July to September 2016.

  • No hospitals had significantly higher or lower standardised mortality ratios in July to September 2016 than the national average.

  • 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

    • Forth Valley Royal Hospital

    • Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

    • Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Stobhill

    • Hairmyres Hospital

    • Monklands District General Hospital

    • Ninewells Hospital

    • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital / Gartnavel

    • St John’s Hospital

    • University Hospital Ayr

    • Western Isles Hospital

    • Wishaw General Hospital

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expand menu  Heart Disease Statistics update

  • There has been a steady downward trend in deaths from coronary heart disease in Scotland and the rest of the UK over the last ten years. In Scotland, the mortality rate fell by 37.6% between 2006 and 2015. However, coronary heart disease is still a leading cause of death and a national clinical priority for Scotland.

  • The incidence rate for coronary heart disease decreased over the past decade by 27.3%, as a result of better treatment and improvements in risk factors. Incidence rates for coronary heart disease remain consistently higher in males than females.

  • The reduction in death rates for coronary heart disease was seen in both the most and least deprived communities. The percentage reduction in deaths in the most deprived category (31.3%) over the last ten years was smaller than that in the least deprived category (38.5%).

  • For an individual admitted to hospital as an emergency with their first heart attack, their chances of surviving at least 30 days improved over the last ten years from 4.9% to 92.9%.

  • The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat diseases of the circulation increased by 6.6% in the last ten years. Despite this, the cost of prescriptions dispensed for these drugs has fallen by 44.6% over the last ten years to £116.8 million in 2015/16, reflecting falls in drug prices for these conditions.

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expand menu  Scottish Stroke Statistics

  • Cerebrovascular disease develops as a result of problems with the blood vessels supplying the brain. The incidence rate for cerebrovascular disease decreased over the last decade by 14.0%, as a result of better treatment and improvements in risk factors. Incidence rates were consistently higher in males than females.

  • In the last decade, the mortality rate for cerebrovascular disease decreased by 33.5%.

  • The mortality rate for cerebrovascular disease in the most deprived areas was 42.3% higher than in the least deprived areas in 2015.

  • The percentage of people surviving 30 days or more following their first emergency admission to hospital with a stroke improved slightly over the last ten years from 80.7% in 2006/07 to 84.9% in 2015/16.

  • The number of prescriptions for drugs to treat diseases of the circulation increased by 6.6% in the last ten years. Despite this increase, the cost of prescriptions dispensed for these drugs has fallen by 44.6% over the last ten years to £116.8 million in 2015/16, reflecting falls in drug prices for these conditions.

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expand menu  Scottish Adult Oral Health Survey Pilot 2016

  • This pilot study has shown that collecting survey data in relation to oral health and behaviours of patients aged 45 years and over as part of a dental examination is feasible.

  • In this pilot survey of 1,867 patients seen by 92 dentists, 96% of adults aged 45 years and over who attended primary dental care for an examination had at least one natural tooth.

  • Two-thirds (67%) of those with at least one natural tooth had a functional dentition: having enough teeth for general oral function, including being able to eat comfortably.

  • Older patients and those living in the more deprived areas of Scotland were less likely to have a functional dentition. In other words, they did not have enough teeth for general oral function such as eating comfortably.

  • Adults living in the most deprived areas were more likely to smoke cigarettes in this pilot study. There was a higher level of gum disease recorded for those adults who smoke cigarettes compared to those who do not.

  • This pilot will inform the future collection of adult oral health data in Scotland.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 12 February 2017:


  • There were 23,794 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.0% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 181 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 48 patients (0.2%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Health Care Quality Indicators (HCQI) – 4 Nations – Experimental Statistics

In February 2016 the OECD published a report summarising its reviews of health care quality for each of the four nations of the UK. The report included several recommendations, one of which was ‘publishing more quality and outcomes data disaggregated by country and, in particular, reporting each of the OECDs health care quality indicators separately, for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’.


In response to this recommendation the four nations have done some initial work to produce an experimental statistics product. This is based on the Health Care Quality Indicators (HCQI) submitted by the UK to the OECD as part of the 2015 Health at a Glance data collection.


It is important to stress that this experimental statistics product does not provide a full and comprehensive assessment of the quality of individual healthcare systems across the UK, and should not be used to draw such conclusions. The primary purpose for producing this product at this time is to invite user feedback, and in particular to receive comments on how the product might be developed further.


The indicators included in this experimental statistics product typically contain data up to and including 2013. We have broadly focused on those indicators where data can be produced for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


This work is a first step in developing a fuller set of indicators for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further work will take place following the 2017 Health at a Glance data collection which the OECD is currently undertaking.

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14 February 2017

expand menu  Prescribing Statistics – Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

The Information Services Division has released NHSScotland prescribing data for October 2016 in two formats - practice level Open Data and an interactive dashboard.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 5 February 2017:

  • There were 25,135 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 91.3% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 196 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 28 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

In December 2016, 45,067 days were spent in hospital by people delayed in their discharge.

There were 1,333 people delayed at the December 2016 census. Of these:

  • 69% were aged 75 and over.
  • 22% people had specific complex care needs.
  • 13% were awaiting completion of a post hospital social care assessment.
  • 24% were awaiting completion of arrangements for social care support (e.g. carer) in order to live in their own home.
  • 24% were awaiting place availability in a care home.

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07 February 2017

expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

During the week ending 29 January 2017:

  • There were 23,896 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.
  • 92.5% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.
  • 170 patients (0.7%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.
  • 21 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  27-30 Month Review Statistics

  • More than one in four children from the most deprived areas (26%) had at least one developmental concern identified in the 27-30 month review compared to one in nine for the least deprived areas (11%).
  • Eighteen percent of children had at least one developmental concern identified, and boys (23%) were more likely to have a concern than girls (13%).
  • Speech, language and communication was the developmental domain where most concerns were identified. Eleven percent of children had a newly identified concern in this domain, and 2% had a known concern prior to their review.
  • The coverage of the 27-30 month review in Scotland has remained broadly similar since the review began in April 2013 (87% in 2013/14 compared to 88% in 2015/16).
  • Nearly one in four (24%) children reported as ‘Asian’ had at least one concern compared to nearly one in five (19%) for the ‘White Scottish’ ethnic group.
  • Children who were ‘looked after’ by a local authority (27%) were more likely to have at least one developmental concern identified compared to those who were not ‘looked after’ by a local authority (18%).

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

During December 2016:

  • There were 130,848 attendances at A&E services across Scotland.
  • 92.6% of attendances at A&E services were seen and resulted in a subsequent admission, transfer or discharge within 4 hours.
  • 891 (0.7%) patients spent more than 8 hours in an A&E department.
  • 144 (0.1%) patients spent more than 12 hours in an A&E department.
  • 27.1% of attendances led to an admission to hospital.

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expand menu  Scottish Bowel Screening Programme Statistics

  • For the latest two-year reporting period uptake was 57.0% which was slightly lower than the uptake reported for the period 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2015 (57.7%).
  • Uptake of bowel screening is higher in women (60.1%) than men (53.8%).
  • Uptake in the most deprived areas was 44.2% compared with 66.2% in the least deprived areas.
  • The percentage of positive test results was higher in men (2.5%) than women (1.7%).
  • Cancer detection was slightly higher in men (6.7%) than women (6.1%).
  • Three out of five screen detected cancers (61.1%) were diagnosed at the earliest two stages. The earlier a cancer is detected the greater the chances are of successful treatment.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • The total number of planned operations across NHSScotland during December 2016 was 27,153 a decrease of 8.6% from 29,706 during December 2015.
  • 2,738 operations (10.1% of planned operations) were cancelled either by the hospital or by the patient, ranging from 5.2% to 19.0% across individual NHS Boards. This compares to 2,921 (9.8%) in December 2015.
  • Of all planned operations: 1,084 (4.0%) were cancelled by the patient; 920 (3.4%) were cancelled based on clinical reasons by the hospital; 644 (2.4%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons; 90 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.

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31 January 2017

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During the week ending 22 January 2017:


  • There were 23,560 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 92.8% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 188 patients (0.8%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 26 patients (0.1%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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24 January 2017

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During the week ending 15 January 2017:


  • There were 22,717 attendances at Emergency Departments across Scotland.

  • 90.1% of people attending Emergency Departments were seen and subsequently admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours.

  • 351 patients (1.5%) spent more than 8 hours in an Emergency Department.

  • 104 patients (0.5%) spent more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department.

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expand menu  Dental Statistics – Registration and Participation

Registration


  • 4.9 million (92%) of the Scottish population are registered with an NHS dentist.

  • 94% of adults living in the most deprived areas are registered with an NHS dentist compared to 85% in the least deprived areas.

  • Children are more likely to be registered with an NHS dentist than adults (94% compared to 91% respectively).

  • There are no longer any significant differences in registration rates between children living in the most and least deprived areas.

Contact with a Dentist (Participation)


  • At September 2016, 3.5 million (72%) of registered patients had seen an NHS dentist within the last two years.

  • Children are more likely than adults to have seen an NHS dentist within the last two years (85% compared to 68%).

  • Children and adults from the most deprived areas were less likely to have seen their dentist within the last two years than those from the least deprived areas (81% compared to 90% of children and 64% compared to 75% of adults).

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expand menu  Dementia Post Diagnostic Support: NHS Board Performance 2014-15

  • An estimated 2 out of 5 new cases of dementia in Scotland in financial year 2014/15 were referred for PDS.

  • 73% of patients diagnosed with dementia in 2014/15 who were referred for post-diagnostic support completed treatment successfully.

  • Age groups achieved between 70% to 78% against the LDP Standard.

  • The differences in distribution of referrals by areas of deprivation ranged from 17% in the most deprived areas to 23% in lesser deprived areas.

  • Performance against LDP Standard within areas of deprivation ranged from 70% for those in lesser deprived areas to 76% for those in more deprived areas.

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17 January 2017

expand menu  Delayed Discharges in NHSScotland

  • 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.

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expand menu  NHS Performs - Weekly update of Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Time Statistics

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.

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expand menu  Prescribing Statistics-Monthly Prescribing Activity Data (Experimental Statistics)

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).

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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.

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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.

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expand menu  Emergency Department Activity & Waiting Times

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.

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expand menu  Cancelled Planned Operations

  • 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.

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Integrated Resource Framework (IRF) NHS Scotland and Local Authority Social Care Expenditure
Original publication date: 26 September 2017
Rescheduled to: 05 December 2017
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CAMHS in Scotland: Waiting Times, Service Demand, and Workforce
Original publication date: 12 December 2017
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