Monthly Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times

Key statistics on new and unplanned return attendances at Accident and Emergency (A&E) services across Scotland. The information presented includes trends in the number of attendances and admissions, and performance against the four hour waiting time standard.

Further information on A&E services across Scotland can be found in the publication summary, the A&E User Guide and in the Background Information. All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the ISD Scotland Website.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Source A&E datamart
Author Emergency Care Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated September 7, 2021, 09:50 (BST)
Created December 6, 2018, 11:31 (GMT)
Contact Address Unscheduled Care Team, Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB
Subject Emergency Care
Frequency Monthly
Time frame of data and timeliness 2 months in arrears
Coverage Covers all Accident and Emergency activity since June 2007
Completeness Training issues affecting completion and understanding of A&E data items are discussed during annual data quality meetings between ISD and all NHS Boards. Any training or data quality issues raised in between visits will either be noted for follow up at the next Board meeting, or dealt with by email or telephone at that time. A completeness document can be found below in the link section.
Accuracy In addition to local data quality checks, the data submitted to the A&E datamart is subject to a validation procedure (see A&E User guide in the links). As well as ensuring that data for the correct site and time period is submitted, the validation ensures that the data is in the correct format and only contains accepted codes; refer to A&E: Data Recording Manual (see links). If the submission file does not meet all of the validation rules then the whole file is rejected. The resulting errors are reported back to the submitting site where they must be amended and the file resubmitted. Once the file passes validation it is loaded into the datamart where it is then available for analysis and reporting. ISD works closely with colleagues in the NHS boards to improve the validation and accuracy of the data and to ensure that the appropriate data standards are understood and applied by all sites.
Continuity of data For a full list see http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2018-12-04/Summary/ED-Monthly-Metadata.pdf
Concepts and definitions Background and Glossary (http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/ED_Background_Glossary.pdf)
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Revision statement Figures contained within each release may be subject to change in future releases. See PHS Statistical Revisions Policy (https://beta.isdscotland.org/media/4106/isd-revisions-policy-v04.pdf). If NHS boards discover that data submitted is incorrect, or that data are missing, further re-submissions can be made up until the publication submission deadline date. Any revised figures will then be reflected within the current publication. Figures contained within each publication may also 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 National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics Waiting times are important to patients and are a measure of how the NHS is responding to demand for services. Measuring and regular reporting of waiting times highlights where there are delays in the system and enables monitoring of the effectiveness of NHS performance throughout the country. The NHS in Scotland has been set a number of targets for maximum waiting times. Other uses of the data include information requests for a variety of customers, e.g. research charities; public companies; freedom of information requests; information support to Boards; parliamentary questions.
Format csv
Language English
Links

A&E User Guide;

Completeness file;

Recording manual

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