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Waiting Times

Waiting times for inpatient admission

DHSSPS Inpatient Waiting Times Dataset
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients waiting for inpatient admission by HSC Trust, Specialty and length of time waiting.

Waiting times for a first outpatient appointment

Departmental Return CH3
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients waiting for a first outpatient assessment by HSC Trust, Specialty and length of time waiting

Waiting times for a diagnostic service

Departmental Return SDR 1
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients waiting for a selected diagnostic service by HSC Trust, type of service and length of time waiting

Waiting times for an assessment with a breast specialist

Departmental Return SDR 2
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients waiting for an outpatient assessment with a breast specialist following an urgent referral for suspect cancer by HSC Trust and the length of time waited

Waiting times for a biological therapy

Departmental Return SDR 5
Frequency: Monthly
The number of patients waiting to commence a biological therapy for severe inflammatory arthritis by HSC Trust and length of time waiting

Cancer waiting times

Cancer Patient Pathway System
31 day target:
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients treated for cancer within 31 days of a decision to treat being taken by HSC Trust and tumour site
62 day target:
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients treated for cancer within 62 days of an urgent GP referral for suspect cancer by HSC Trust and tumour site


Inpatient Activity


Summary of available bed days, occupied bed days, discharges and deaths, and day cases.

Departmental Return KH03a
Frequency: Quarterly
Summary of all available and occupied bed days and discharges and deaths and Day Cases by hospital, HSC Trust and specialty

Operating theatres: Availability and use

Departmental Return KH08
Frequency: Quarterly
Availability and use of operating theatres within hospitals facilities, (either Directly Managed Unit or HSS Trust).

Summary of births

Departmental Return KP19
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of live and still births in the hospital


Outpatient Activity

Activity at consultant led outpatient services

Quarterly Outpatient Activity Return
Frequency: Quarterly
Attendances, missed appointments, patient and hospital cancellations at consultant led outpatient services by HSC hospital and specialty


Emergency Care

Waiting times in emergency care departments

Departmental Return EC1
Frequency: Monthly
The number of new attendances and unplanned reattendances at type 1, type 2 and type 3 emergency care departments, by length of time waiting from arrival to treatment, admission or discharge

Accident and emergency services activity

Departmental Return  KH09 Part 2
Frequency: Quarterly
The total number of attendances at type 1, type 2 and type 3 emergency care departments including all new attendances, unplanned reattendances and planned reattendances.

Delayed discharges monthly monitoring

Admissions & Discharges Dataset
Frequency: Monthly
The number of patients remaining in hospital after the time they were deemed medically fit for discharge, by hospital / HSC trust on discharge and reason for discharge delay.

Accidents in the home resulting in admission to hospital

Departmental Return KP22
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients presenting at emergency care departments being admitted to hospital as a result of an accident in the home, by gender, age group and accident category

Fireworks injuries

Departmental Fireworks Injuries Return
Frequency: Annual
The number of patients presenting at emergency care departments with injuries from fireworks, during a 4-week period between October and November each year.


Mental Health & Learning Disability

Admissions under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986

Departmental Return KH15
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients detained on admission, by legal status, gender and category of mental illness.
Admissions under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986
Departmental Return KH15b
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients detained on admission, by age group and gender.

Changes in legal status

Departmental Return KH16
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of changes in legal status of patients made under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986, including information on the legal status before and after the most recent change.

Electro-Convulsive therapy

Departmental Return KH17
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of patients receiving electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) treatment and the total number of individual ECT treatments.

Mental illness and learning disability census

DHSSPS annual census of mental illness and learning disability patients
Frequency: Annual
The number of mental illness and learning disability patient’s resident in the hospital or on home leave at the time of the census, by age group and length of stay.

Chronically sick and disabled persons

Departmental Return ASR1
Frequency: Annual
The number of chronically sick and disabled persons aged under 65 who were inappropriately admitted to, or resident in, in wards used solely for the care of elderly persons.


Miscellaneous

Trust complaints

Departmental Return CH8
Frequency: Quarterly
The number of complaints received by HSC Trusts, by programme of care (POC), subject of complaint and time taken to provide a substantive response.

Clinical negligence - Annual

Departmental Return CN1
Frequency: Annual
This number of alleged Clinical & Social Care negligence claims made against the relevant body.

Clinical negligence - Quarterly

Departmental Return CN1a
Frequency: Quarterly

Patient transport services

Departmental Return KA34
Frequency: Monthly
The number of emergency calls received during a calendar month and their outcomes, including the number of patient journeys (Emergency, Urgent, and Non-Urgent).
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