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Warrington Hospital

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) outpatient appointments and (b) operations there were at Warrington hospital in each of the last five years. (147388)

The information is not available in the format requested. The tables show the number of out-patient appointments and the number of finished consultant episodes with an operation at North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Out-patient appointments, North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, all specialties, 2001-02 to 2006-07

First attendances seen

First attendances DNA

Subsequent attendances seen

Subsequent attendances DNA

Total appointments

2002-03

69,574

6,593

188,985

24,112

289,264

2003-04

70,821

7,133

182,208

23,653

283,815

2004-05

70,297

5,452

168,622

21,455

265,826

2005-06

61,264

4,062

154,179

24,128

243,633

2006-07

59,147

3,894

157,285

20,658

240,984

Source:

Department of Health form QMOP and QM08

Count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with an Operation (OPCS-4 codes between A01-X59 or and (operation code not known)) as reported by the North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust (RWW). Note that this excludes procedures performed as outpatients.

NHS Hospitals England

Data year

Count of FCEs with an operation

2001-02

40,885

2002-03

39,433

2003-04

38,578

2004-05

31,312

2005-06

30,684

Notes:

1. The NHS Information Centre has investigated with North West Strategic Health Authority and North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust the reason for the reported decrease in the number of FCEs with an operation. The main cause of this decrease is that between 2002-03 and 2004-05 the trust stopped recoding certain procedures as being performed in a day case setting and started recording them as being performed in outpatients. Information is not available centrally on total procedures performed in outpatients. Data reclassification issues are being picked up by the Information Centre and the Audit Commission. From April 2007 onwards the trust will revert to counting this activity as a day case.

2. Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)

An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.

3. Finished Consultant Episode (FCE) with an Operation

A count of FCEs with an operation is the number of episodes with at least one coded procedure field. Please note that more procedures are carried out than finished consultant episodes with an operation. For example, patients under going a cataract operation would tend to have at least two procedures—removal of the faulty lens and the fitting of a new one—counted in a single finished consultant episode.

4. Data Quality

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.

5. Ungrossed data

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.