In 2017 there were 32,820 day case hospital admissions in Rochdale borough (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group). There were around 6,000 elective admissions over the same time period.
What is planned care?
Planned care can generally be divided into 3 categories: elective admissions, outpatient or day cases and regular day attenders. These admissions are planned in advance with a patient attending hospital on a pre-arranged date for a procedure. A planned admission that leads to patient benefit is a fundamental part of a functioning health system.
Outpatient or day case admissions
Outpatient or day case attendances refer to hospital admissions and appointments that don't require an overnight stay in hospital. Outpatient services are often the first point of contact that most elective care patients have with secondary care.
After the initial outpatient appointment, the patient may be recalled for further outpatient appointments or may require admission to hospital as an inpatient for further treatment. Providing the patient does not need immediate admission, this is classed as an elective admission. This is the standard route for many common operations including cataract removal, hip and knee replacements.
Statistics on planned care
- NHS Digital - the NHS Digital website publishes a range of statistics on hospital activity including an Integrated Care System (ICS) outcomes dataset and hospital admitted patient care activity.
Guidance and information on planned care
- NHS England Publications - the NHS England website includes reports, guidance, policy and strategy documents and case studies on a number of topics including elective care.
- The King's Fund - the King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. The site includes blogs, reports, articles and signposts for useful events.
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance - Routine preoperative tests for elective surgery - this guideline covers routine preoperative tests for people aged over 16 who are having elective surgery. It aims to reduce unnecessary testing by advising which tests to offer people before minor, intermediate and major or complex surgery.