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Outpatient Activity Edit

Patients who require the medical opinion of a specialist clinician may be referred to an outpatient clinic for treatment or investigation. An outpatient is a patient who attends a consultant or other medical clinic or has an arranged meeting with a consultant or a senior member of their team outside of a clinic session. Outpatients are not admitted to a hospital and do not use a hospital bed.

Outpatient attendances can be categorised as new or follow-up (return) attendances. Information on return appointments is only available for datasets that report on NHS board of treatment. Files reporting on the residency of patients only contain data for new outpatients as the ISD(S)1 data source for return outpatients does not contain residence information. ISD(S)1 also does not record information on the deprivation, age or sex of patients.

All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the Public Health Scotland website (external website).

Further information on hospital activity can be found in the recent quarterly publication (external website).

The date of the next release can be found on our list of forthcoming publications (external website).


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License UK Open Government Licence
Category Business and Economy, Elections / Politics, Health and Social Care, Planning and Development
Maintainer Public Health Scotland
Date Created 2019-11-07
Date Updated 2022-06-02
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