Cancelled Planned Operations

This dataset reports key statistics on the number of planned operations, the number cancelled and the reason for cancellations at Hospitals across Scotland.

Further information on cancelled operations across Scotland can be found in the publication summary. All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the ISD Scotland Website. A selection of information from this publication is included in NHS Performs.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source NHS Board aggregate submissions to PHS
Author PHS Waiting Times Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated October 5, 2021, 09:30 (BST)
Created April 2, 2019, 11:20 (BST)
Contact Address PHS Waiting Times Team, Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB
Subject Waiting Times
Frequency Monthly
Time frame of data and timeliness First Tuesday of following month as of 01 September 2015.
Coverage The data covers all NHS hospitals across Scotland.
Completeness The statistics in this release cover hospitals in Scotland where planned operations take place in theatres. The data do not contain information on procedures which take place in other clinical settings e.g. outpatient departments.
Accuracy These aggregate statistics are subject to basic quality assurance checks by PHS. NHS Boards are required to confirm to PHS that the statistics are accurate.
Continuity of data Monthly data from May 2015.
Concepts and definitions Data are provided from NHS Boards’ Theatre Systems and will include patients who are cancelled the day before, or on the day of their elective operation. This includes urgent procedures and patients who may have their elective (planned) operation cancelled more than once during their stay.
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Official statistics designation Official Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics The waiting time for a planned operation is important to patients. If the NHS is cancelling operations this is a measure of how the NHS is responding to demands for services. Measuring and regular reporting of cancelled operations highlights where there are delays in the system and enables monitoring of the effectiveness of NHS performance throughout the country.
Format CSV
Language English
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NHS England publish information on cancelled procedures. The published statistics are not comparable due to definitional differences.

NHS Performs

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