Current facts 

21. There are approximately 157,000 NHS staff in Scotland for a population of 5,295,400. (Source: ISD Workforce Headcount March 2013 / National Records of Scotland, 2011 Census)

22. There are over three hundred NHS Hospitals in Scotland. (Source: ISD NHS Hospitals in Scotland as at June 2013)

23. There were 1.65 million A&E visits in Scotland in 2012/13 – roughly equivalent to 1 every 20 seconds. (Source: ISD Emergency Department Activity and Waiting Times)

24. Of approximately £34.7 billion controlled by the Scottish Government, around £11.9 billion is spent on health. (Source: Figures are for 2013-14, quoted from the Budget Act 2013-14 and relate to total managed expenditure (TME).)

25. Hospital infections have fallen dramatically – with a 78 per cent reduction in levels of C Difficile infection amongst patients aged 65+ between 2007 and 2012, and a 37 per cent reduction in levels of SAB (MRSA/MSSA). (Source: Health Protection Scotland SAB and C Diff Quarterly Reports)

26. There were 100,344 babies born in Scotland in 1948 compared to 58,027 in 2012. (Source: National Records of Scotland, Birth Time Series Data)

27. In every year since 1855 more boys were born than girls. (Source: National Records of Scotland, Birth Time Series Data) 

28. There were 1,247 alcohol related deaths in 2011, fewer than in 2010 but almost twice the number twenty years ago.(Source: National Records of Scotland, Alcohol Related Deaths) 

29. The proportion of the population who smoke has fallen from 31 per cent in 1999 to 23 per cent in 2011. In 2011/12 alone 118 thousand people attempted to quit using NHS smoking cessation services. (Source: Scottish Household Survey / ScotPho NHS Smoking Cessation Services)

30. There are 16,503 acute beds in Scotland’s NHS Hospitals – the equivalent of just over three for every 1,000 people. (Source: ISD Acute Hospital Activity Bed Numbers 2011/12)

31. There are more than 2 million people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Scotland, 41.1 per cent of the population – the highest of any UK country. (Source: NHS Blood and Transplant Statistics)

32. Cancer is Scotland’s biggest killer – the earlier that cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival outcomes. The Scottish Government is spending £30 million to improve early detection rates through its Detect Cancer Early programme. (Source: National Records of Scotland, Age Standardised Death Rates)

33. Death rates amongst those aged under 75 have fallen by a third in the past 20 years, from 540 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991 to 349 deaths per 100,000 people in 2011. (Source: National Records of Scotland, Under 75 Age Standardised Death Rates)

34. The new Southern General Hospital in Glasgow is one of Scotland’s biggest construction projects – with £842 million of public funding to modernise health services. 

35. In financial year 2007/08 there were 23.2 million (face to face) consultations with GPs or practice nurses. This compares with 24.2 million in 2011/12. (Source: Practice Team Information (PTI) 2011/12 : Published on 27 November 2012 : Information Services Division) 

36. 89 per cent of GP patients and 85 per cent of inpatients rated their care as good or excellent in 2011/12. (Source: Scottish Government: Better Together Scottish Patient Experience Survey of GP and Local NHS Services / Scottish Inpatient Patient Experience Survey) 

37. The NHS carried out 15,660 hip and knee replacements in 2011/12, an increase of 15 per cent since 2007/08. (Source: ISD Acute Hospital Activity 2011/12)

38. The Scottish Ambulance Service responded to over 600,000 accident and emergency incidents in 2011/12. The average response time for life-threatening injuries was 6.7 minutes. (Source: Scottish Ambulance Service 2011/12 Annual Report)

39. Over 2.5 million adults in Scotland attended a NHS Dental Service in the two years to March 2013. (Source: ISD Dental Statistics: Registration and Participation) 

40. Over a third of the population received a NHS eye examination in 2011/12 – almost 2 million eye examinations in total. (Source: ISD Ophthalmic Workload Statistics) 

41. There are 14 territorial NHS Health Boards in Scotland, ranging from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, covering 1.2 million people – to NHS Orkney with 20,000. (Source: National Records of Scotland, Mid Year Population Estimates 2011)

42. The number of Cataract operations carried out by the NHS in Scotland has increased by over 67 per cent, from 19,454 in 1999/00 to 32,552 in 2011/12. (Source: ISD SMR01)

43. People aged 75 and over are three and a half times more likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency. (Source: ISD Acute Hospital Activity 2011/12 / National Records of Scotland Population Projections)

44. Over the next 10 years the proportion of over 75s in Scotland’s population – who tend to be the highest users of healthcare services – will increase by over 25 per cent. (Source: A Route Map to the 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care)

45. Estimates suggest that the number of people with dementia in Scotland is set to rise from approximately 80,000 to approximately 136,000 within the next 20 years. (Source: NRS population data and EuroCoDe) 

46. NHS 24, as the gateway to out of hours services, handles around 1.4 million calls per year with the website receiving approximately 1.5 million visits and over 9 million page views over the same period. (Source: NHS 24 Management Information)

47. The festive period is the most challenging time of the year for the NHS 24 unscheduled care service, which routinely receives up to 70,000 calls over the eight day festive period. (Source: NHS 24 Management Information)

48. NHS 24 provide dozens of services including out of hours triage, Scottish Emergency Dental Service, NHS24.com, NHS inform (telephone and web), Smokeline, NHSScotland Digital TV service, Telestroke and Telepaediatrics, and Breathing Space – as well as delivering the Be Ready for Winter campaigns and the STV Health Centre. 

49. Within 24 to 48 hours of giving your blood, it is processed, tested and available for patient care. 

50. The total number of blood donations in Scotland last year (2012/13) was 202,591 from 144,142 active blood donors. 

51. 5,000 donors are required each week to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland.

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