Health

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th October 2002.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Question S1W-30069

To ask the Scottish Executive how many people were treated in hospital in each year since 1996.

Photo of Malcolm Chisholm Malcolm Chisholm Labour

Patients receiving hospital treatment will receive their care in a variety of settings e.g. out-patient clinics, or in-patient and day case beds.

Data on the number of episodes of care for in-patient and day case treatment and the total number of consultant out-patient and accident and emergency attendances for the years ending March 1997 to March 2002 is provided in the following table:

NHSiS - In-Patient1, Day Case1, Out-Patient1 and Accident and Emergency Activity: Years Ending 31 March 1997-20022

Year ending 31 March

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

In-patient episodes3

969,283

982,804

981,574

969,455

959,807

953,638

Day case episodes

384,291

414,869

437,819

434,269

443,519

419,957

Out-patient attendances

4,721,105

4,812,422

4,905,935

4,900,189

4,854,618

4,745,141

Attendances at A&E4

1,550,704

1,521,055

1,520,016

1,552,634

1,530,264

1,537,466

Source: ISD Scotland [Form ISD(S)1].

Notes:

1. Includes NHS activity in joint-user and contractual hospitals.

2. Information for 1998 onwards is based on new methods of recording.

3. Includes transfers between specialties or significant facilities.

4. Excludes patients attending for accident and emergency treatment that are seen by GPs.

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