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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information NHS hospital admissions by date and local health board

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, daily information on hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients (suspected and confirmed) and hospitalisation has been collected specifically to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity. Figures show the number of admissions and people in hospital by hospital type, local health board and date. The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.

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27 Sep 2020105174391031411132578
28 Sep 202014408640911631310655
29 Sep 202022221117111233222971,086
30 Sep 202022841236912334225861,153
1 Oct 202022371206912931427731,142
2 Oct 20202322977010631827371,105
3 Oct 20202206117898929720771,032
4 Oct 2020112010043571511231587
5 Oct 202012608553531621271607
6 Oct 202025041226852359285101,150
7 Oct 20202413112818630830551,141
8 Oct 20202345129653829728661,060
9 Oct 20202085121738330925081,057
10-Oct 202020161151129933120841,076
11-Oct 202010447323681441090525
12-Oct 202013908335521581150582
13-Oct 20202381120657935725251,117
14-Oct 20202027119858033525691,093
15-Oct 20202422111738130429081,111
16-Oct 202024451196411229526381,110
17-Oct 2020196397751112882009979
18-Oct 202011508847691531170589
19-Oct 202013107056451501181571
20-Oct 202023281098910632728761,164
21-Oct 20202472120769929330071,144
22-Oct 20202296109578627029181,056
23-Oct 202021931235810128925871,058
24-Oct 202021331275784317243121,056
25-Oct 202011509345551361210565
26-Oct 202012909452721221160585
27-Oct 20201722101501242902495993

Metadata

Title
NHS hospitals admissions and hospitalisation by local health board, hospital type and date

Last update
29 October 2020 29 October 2020

Next update
5 November 2020

Source 1
NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS)

Contact email
stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Designation
Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local health boards

Geographical coverage
Wales

Languages covered
English and Welsh

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
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, daily information on hospital admissions and hospitalisation has been collected specifically to support transparency and understanding of NHS activity and capacity. Figures show the number of admissions and people in hospital by hospital type, local health board and date. The data are taken from management information and are subject to change. They have not been not been subject to the same validation processes undertaken for official statistics releases.

Data collection and calculation
Daily return from NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) at a hospital level and local health board (LHB) level. Data is submitted via a TEXT file and transferred to a SQL database. As the return is sourced from management information, hospital level data are not suitable for publication.

Frequency of publication
Weekly

Data reference periods
April 2020 onwards. Following further validation, data coverage prior to April 2020 was decided to not be suitable for publication. As the data collection was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all health boards were able to provide all of the information in the first week of data collection.

Revisions information
Historic data are subject to revision at any point as hospitals can re-submitted a return anytime, and therefore may differ to that previously published information.

Statistical quality
Figures include data from acute hospitals from 1 April 2020, field hospitals from 20 April 2020, community hospitals from 23 April 2020, mental health units from 10 July, and exclude data from private hospitals. Mental health units data are submitted each Friday, and the Friday position is used as proxy for the following week, unless there is a major change in circumstances.
Data for Powys is only available from 23 April when community hospitals were included as it does not have acute hospitals. Prior to 10 July 2020, Cardiff and Vale and Cwm Taf Morgannwg health boards captured some mental health bed figures in their acute hospitals figures. From June 2020, hospitals have started to close some of the additional surge capacity that was previously put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 related hospitalisation include patients with confirmed, suspected and recovering from COVID-19. Recovering patients was a category introduced on 26 May to capture patients who were COVID-19 positive in hospital and who showed no symptoms for 14+ days but remained in hospital on a COVID-19 treatment pathway, often for rehabilitation. Aneurin Bevan started reporting recovering patients from 7 June, but these were captured in the confirmed COVID-19 category before. Cardiff and Vale classified recovering patients as non-COVID-19 patients between 1 May and 22 May. Following the change in guidance, Cardiff and Vale re-categorised these patients as COVID-19 patients, capturing them in the confirmed COVID-19 category until the recovering category was introduced on 26 May.
Admissions are the number of patients admitted to hospital between 9am on the update date and 9am the day before. COVID-19 related admissions include COVID-19 suspected or confirmed patients. The health minister announced on 13 March that all non-urgent activity should stop to prepare for the pandemic. Following the re-introduction of elective procedures from June 2020, patients admitted for elective procedures suspected of having COVID-19 were initially captured in COVID-19 related admissions, even if they received a negative test later. This inflated the numbers of suspected cases in hospital at the time of reporting. From 29 June, patients admitted for elective procedures were only included in COVID-19 related admissions if they received a positive COVID-19 test result on arrival at the hospital. From 29 June, the guidance also changed to explicitly ask health boards to exclude transfers between acute and community hospitals from admissions figures. Prior to this, some transfers may have been captured as new admissions. From 19 October 2020 specialist critical care beds and specialist acute beds have been included in these figures. These beds have been included in the data as they are part of the available bed stock, and may be used for COVID-19 patients in exceptional circumstances

Keywords
COVID-19, Coronavirus, NHS, patients, beds