COVID-19 Wider Impacts – Cardiovascular Activity

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Clinical presentation may range from mild-to-moderate illness to pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infection. The COVID-19 pandemic has wider impacts on individuals’ health, and their use of healthcare services, than those that occur as the direct result of infection. Reasons for this may include:

• Individuals being reluctant to use health services because they do not want to burden the NHS or are anxious about the risk of infection.

• The health service delaying preventative and non-urgent care such as some screening services and planned surgery.

• Other indirect effects of interventions to control COVID-19, such as mental or physical consequences of distancing measures.

This dataset provides information on trend data regarding the wider impact of the pandemic on cardiovascular attendances in A&E departments. Data is available from the beginning of 2020 along with historical activity (average from 2018 and 2019) for comparison purposes. The recent trend data for Accident & Emergency Department attendances are shown by age group, and by broad area deprivation category (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, SIMD).

This data is also available on the COVID-19 Wider Impact Dashboard. Additional data sources relating to this topic area are provided in the Links section of the Metadata below. Information on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating and their households, can be found on NHS Inform.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found in the weekly COVID-19 Statistical Report. The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source Accident & Emergency Datamart
Author Public Health Scotland
Version 1.0
Last Updated August 30, 2022, 16:05 (BST)
Created June 23, 2020, 11:33 (BST)
Contact Address Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
Subject COVID-19 Impact, Cardiovascular
Frequency Monthly
Time frame of data and timeliness Information is provided on different topics as quickly as possible, given the different time lags that apply to different national data sources. For example, Public Health Scotland receives information on patients attending Accident & Emergency within days; but there can be a delay of at least six weeks before we receive detailed information on patients discharged from hospital after having a baby.
Coverage All hospitals with Emergency Departments submit attendance data containing a detailed record for each patient attendance.
Completeness Due to limitations in diagnosis recording in the A&E datamart, the data are incomplete for a number of NHS Boards. Thus, the figures reported for cardiovascular-related attendances offer only a very approximate indication of attendances. Additionally, some NHS Boards have moved to a new recording standard which has not been fully consolidated in the A&E datamart as yet. As a result, figures for 2020, even prior to the introduction of lockdown measures, appear somewhat lower when compared to previous years.
Concepts and definitions Please see the Weekly COVID-19 Statistical Report, and the COVID-19 Wider Impacts dashboard
Disclosure Disclosure control methods have been applied to the data in order to protect patient confidentiality.
Revision statement Figures contained within each publication may be subject to change in future releases as submissions may be updated to reflect a more accurate and complete set of data.
Official statistics designation Management Information Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics The data are used to describe the current impact and the severity of COVID-19 in Scotland. Such information allows comparison with prior influenza seasons and with current activity across the UK, Europe and globally.
Format csv
Language English
Links

PHS Weekly COVID-19 Report

COVID-19 Wider Impact Dashboard

NHS Performs - weekly update of emergency department activity and waiting time statistics

Public Health England COVID-19 surveillance report

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