Thousands of South Scotland patients forced to travel for treatment last year


Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat South Scotland MSP and health spokesperson, has today called for urgent action from the Scottish Government as new data reveals last year thousands of patients across South Scotland were admitted for hospital treatment outwith their local area.

 

The data, highlighted as part of a response to a parliamentary question posed by Mr Hume, reveals there have been year-on-year increases in the number of patients referred outwith their health board area since the flagship Treatment Time Guarantee was introduced.

 

Over a quarter of the patients referred last year were from the NHS Lanarkshire health board area.

 

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

 

“It’s frankly shocking that thousands of patients across South Scotland were referred for hospital treatment outwith their area last year.

 

“There are a number of reasons why patients may be referred to other parts of Scotland for treatment. But in general, patients should be able to attend hospital appointments as close to their homes as possible – the difficulty of travelling further afield is not only inconvenient but can also aggravate the very health conditions they are being referred for.

 

“As we approach winter the Scottish Government must act now to support health boards and their staff and ensure key services are being provided locally.”

 

Ends

 

Notes to editors:

 

Mr Hume's Parliamentary Question was as follows:

 

Question S4W-28227: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 30/10/2015

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-26331 by Shona Robison on 13 July 2015, whether it will provide a breakdown of the patients admitted outwith their NHS board area by referring NHS board.


Answered by Shona Robison (13/11/2015):

The number of patients admitted to a hospital outwith their health board of residence broken down by health board of residence and year is shown in the following table. The figures below for out of area treatment includes patients treated at other hospitals such as the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, even if that hospital is within the local health board area:

 

Health   Board of Residence

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

8,675

7,853

8,652

8,601

8,715

NHS Borders

3,207

3,239

3,230

3,251

3,509

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

2,626

2,767

2,566

2,530

2,860

NHS   Fife

11,415

11,634

11,743

11,577

11,340

NHS   Forth Valley

7,054

6,684

6,595

6,883

7,733

NHS   Grampian

2,183

2,400

2,826

3,141

3,799

NHS   Greater Glasgow and Clyde

9,114

8,851

8,958

9,217

9,566

NHS   Highland

12,194

12,119

12,511

12,325

12,607

NHS Lanarkshire

26,541

26,256

26,685

27,012

28,436

NHS Lothian

3,985

3,910

5,724

5,461

6,122

NHS   Orkney

1,017

1,056

1,074

976

967

NHS   Shetland

988

1,039

1,095

1,053

1,107

NHS   Tayside

2,342

2,239

2,415

2,646

2,440

NHS   Western Isles

1,322

1,363

1,425

1,316

1,232

NHS   Scotland

92,663

91,410

95,499

95,989

100,433

Source: SMR01 Information Services Division Scotland.


Current Status: Answered by Shona Robison on 13/11/2015


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