NHS Hospitals

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 10 March 2010.

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Question S3W-31798

To ask the Scottish Executive how many attendances there were at accident and emergency units in NHS (a) Highland, (b) Orkney, (c) Shetland and (d) Western Isles in each of the last three years.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

The numbers of accident and emergency (A&E) new and unplanned return attendances from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2009 are presented in the following table.

A&E departments are classified as either core or non-core sites. Core sites include all A&E departments within large hospitals. Non-core sites include minor injury units, small hospitals with manual systems and health centres in rural areas that carry out A&E type activity. Data has been collected from core sites since 1 April 2006 and from non-core sites 1 July 2007.

Table1: A&E Attendances per Calendar Year, 2007 to 2009

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NHS Highland(a)62,63191,37094,885
Core sites35,63835,68536,251
Non-core sites26,993(a)55,68558,634
NHS Orkney(b)2,4042,5223,426
Core sites xxx
Non-core sites2,4042,5223,426
NHS Shetland8,8808,8028,875
Core sites8,8808,8028,875
Non-core Sites xxx
NHS Western Isles(a)8,6768,5448,599
Core sites7,8857,0897,013
Non-core sites791(a)1,4551,586

Source: ISD Scotland A&E data mart (1 July 2007 to 31 December 2009) and Weblogic reporting system (1 January 2007 to 30 June 2007).

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x not applicable


(a) NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles data for non-core sites was collected from 1 July 2007.

(b) NHS Orkney data was collected from 1 January 2007. Data prior to March 2009 is not fully reflective of activity due to incomplete recording. New processes have now been implemented to resolve this issue.

Further data on attendances at accident and emergency departments can be found on the ISD website at http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/4024.html.

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