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Updated measures information published for two periods

04/03/2021
London 4th March 2021: The latest information for patient volumes and length of stay, Never Events, infections, and health outcomes is now available on the PHIN website. 
 
The website has been updated to include data across the two latest periods – 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020 and 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020. This brings the website in line with our previous reporting periods, following a short pause in publication during 2020 as the private sector focused its resources to supporting the NHS through the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
The latest measures published today show: 
  • There were 19 serious safety incidents (known as Never Events) reported across 272 independent and NHS hospitals treating private patients from 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020. This compares with 20 between 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020. 
  • In the latest period there were 247 reported healthcare associated infection (HCAIs) in the year across 1.1 million bed days, across the sites where we could calculate a rate. This shows a slight change in the overall HCAI infection rate from 22.5 per 100,000 bed days in the previous period (1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020) to 21.9 per 100,000 bed days. In addition there were 11 HCAI for which we could not calculate a rate, making a total of 258 HCAIs occurred in the period.
  • For sites where a percentage risk can be calculated, there were 49 reported surgical site infections (SSI) across 21,452 patients undergoing hip and knee replacement procedures. The overall percentage risk remains unchanged at 0.2% in the new data period compared to the last period (1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020). In addition there were 7 SSIs for which we could not calculate a percentage risk, making a total of 56 SSIs occurred in the period. 
  • The percentage of patients reporting positive health improvement following hip replacement surgery (undertaken as a primary procedure) shows a change from 97.8% in the year ending 30 June 2019, to 97.9% in the year ending September 2019. For knee replacement surgery (undertaken as a primary procedure) the percentage of patients reporting positive health improvement changed slightly from 94.6% to 94.4%, with knee revision surgery changing from 91.8% to 88.9% over the same periods. 
  • The total number of private spells in the UK decreased from 605,110 in the previous period (1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020) to 539,720 in the current period. 
 
Alongside private activity, PHIN has also published statistics on NHS volumes in facilities which treat private patients – including all independent and NHS hospitals which treat private patients. This is to ensure that people using PHIN’s website can get a more complete understanding of the scale and nature of treatment offered at hospitals where they may be considering private care. 
 
PHIN has produced downloadable PDF and Excel versions of these datasets which can be accessed below. The breakdown of NHS funded activity by site and procedure is also available in the downloadable volume and length of stay datasheet.