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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics NHS patients treated for adults and children by local health board
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AreaBased on the Local Health Board where the patient was last given a course of dental treatment. Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf, and Hywel Dda are now University Local Health Boards. The name change came into force on the 12 December 2013. [Filter]
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Wales1,579,64150.11,194,03247.3385,60961.2
Betsi Cadwaladr316,41245.2239,86142.876,55155.1
Powys64,59048.851,30847.313,28255.5
Hywel Dda158,87041.0116,92737.341,94357.0
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
Swansea BayFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.222,87254.1168,87650.653,99668.6
Cwm Taf.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable.The data item is not applicable
Aneurin Bevan319,01553.7240,41451.178,60163.6
Cardiff and Vale254,25650.8186,37146.867,88566.2
Cwm Taf MorgannwgFrom 1st April 2019 health service provision for residents of Bridgend local authority moved from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg to Cwm Taf. For more information see the joint statement from Cwm Taf and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (see weblinks). The health board names have changed with Cwm Taf University Health Board becoming Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board becoming Swansea Bay University Health Board.243,62657.1190,27556.353,35160.2

Metadata

Title

NHS patients treated for adults and children by local health board

Last update

10 June 2021 10 June 2021

Next update

September 2021 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Dental Services, NHS Business Services Authority

Source 2

Mid-year population estimates, Office for National Statistics

Contact email

stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation

National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local health boards

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English only

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

General description

The information presented here shows the number and percentage of patients treated.

Data collection and calculation

The data is derived from dental activity forms submitted for payment and processed by NHS Business Services Authority Dental Services.

Activity levels reduced from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, but have since increased in the quarter ending December 2020 as more treatments have resumed.

While practices in Wales did not close during the pandemic, they were limited in the types of treatments they could carry out during the period from April 2020 to the end of June 2020. This led to the establishment of Urgent Dental Centres (UDC) during the red dental alert phase, which did not record their activity on FP17Ws to NHS Business Services Authority in the normal way. Any treatment which required an aerosol generating procedure was referred to a UDC. New ways of working such as using remote consultations were also not captured.

As part of the recovery plan Units of Dental Activity (UDA) targets have also been suspended during 2020-21. Activity was also impacted by fallow time between treatments, social distancing, enhanced PPE donning and doffing and staff absences.

Dental services are now in the Amber phase of de-escalation and dentists are seeing and treating more of their patients, including the provision of fillings although the throughput of patients is reduced. They must adhere to the Standard Operating Process (SOP) and can implement measures to re-introduce aerosol generating procedures safely.

Patients treated within a 24 month period is affected by the change to health board boundaries, following Bridgend moving into the Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board on 1 April 2019. The dataset counts unique individuals receiving dental services in the 24 month period. When an individual has received dental services more than once in the 24 month period in the same health board, only details of the last treatment would be counted in the dataset to avoid double counting. However, because data is collected over a 24 month period where the health board boundary changed, the same individual may be counted in Bridgend’s the old health board (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU)) and its new health board (Cwm Taf Morgannwg or Swansea Bay) depending on the date of the last treatment. For example, if a patient was treated in Bridgend in February 2019 and again in May 2019, they will be counted in the ABMU data for the March 2019 list but the Cwm Taf Morgannwg data from the June 2019 list. And if a patient was treated at Bridgend in March 2019 and has not visited a dentist since, they will be counted in the ABMU data for the March 2019 list, and the Swansea Bay data from the June 2019 list.
To give a more reflective figure for the percentage of patients treated (total, adults and children), population estimates of the new health boards have been created using additional data of patients treated in Bridgend after 1st April 2019 (sourced from NHS Business Services Authority). For example, data for July-September 2019 shows of the patients treated in Bridgend, 56% received a treatment after 1st April 2019 at Cwm Taf Morgannwg. Therefore, for the 24 months ending September 2019, the denominator for the new health boards is estimated as:
Swansea Bay’s eligible population = Swansea + Neath Port Talbot + ((0.44) * Bridgend)
Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s eligible population = Rhondda Cynon Taf + Merthyr Tydfil + ((0.56) * Bridgend)

Data for the 24 month period ending April 2021 will be the first time period where the boundary issue will not affect the data. Caution is advised when using the data for the time periods which overlap the health board boundary change.


As the number of patients treated is based on a 24 month period, the figures for the 24 month period ending June 2020 and September 2020 would not reflect the full impact from COVID-19; as out of the eight quarters of data, just over one quarter would have been affected for the period ending June 2020, and just over two quarters for the period ending September 2020.

Frequency of publication

Quarterly

Data reference periods

Data are shown for patients seen 2 years ending 31 December 2009 onwards

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per given weblink.

Statistical quality

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per given weblink.

Keywords

Dental; NHS Dental; Patients treated