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24/09/13 09:25

Increase in hospital activity

Patient numbers at record high.

More patients than ever before are being treated by the NHS in Scotland and hospital stays are the shortest on record, according to new figures.

Statistics published by ISD Scotland show that over one million main procedures, such as diagnostic tests or surgical procedures, took place in 2012/13, an increase of 19.0 per cent from 2006/07.

The average length of stay for all inpatients in 2012/13 was 4.7 days, showing a steady decrease from 5.7 days in 2006/07.

The figures also show that between 2006/07 and 2012/13 the number of day cases increased by 12.3 per cent, the number of inpatients increased by 10.3 per cent, and the number of new outpatients increased by 9.0 per cent.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“These figures show that the NHS in Scotland is treating more people than ever before, that hospital stays are the shortest on record, and that more and more patients are receiving same day treatment.

“Scotland’s NHS is constantly evolving to ensure it meets the demands of our changing population – not least the vast increase in numbers of people living longer lives.

"No one wants to stay in hospital for longer than they need to and we want to ensure that patients are treated quickly and in the location that best suits their needs. That is why over 81 per cent of planned procedures are now carried out as same day surgery, an increase of ten per cent since 2006/07.

"Last month’s published waiting time statistics also show that patients in Scotland are receiving their treatment quicker than ever before.”

Notes to editors

Acute hospital activity and NHS beds information statistics can be viewed at