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Hospital care

Hospital (or secondary) care covers the work of medical specialists who are experts in specific patient issues.

There were over 19 million attendances at Accident & Emergency (A&E) in 2014/15

Our information helps plan, monitor and improve services across all aspects of secondary care.

Hospital care systems & services


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Summary Care Records (SCR)

The SCR is an electronic record of important patient information, created from GP medical records.

NHS Number

The NHS Number helps healthcare staff and service providers match patients to their health records.

NHS e-Referral Service

The NHS e-Referral Service provides patients with a choice of hospitals and clinics when booking appointments

Systems and Service Delivery

Systems and Service Delivery specialise in providing software development and associated IT services across the health and social care system.

Secondary Uses Service (SUS)

Our service allows Commissioners and Providers to use data for secondary uses such as planning, commissioning and calculating payments.


The Personal Demographics Service (PDS) is a national authoritative source of patient demographics data for the whole of the NHS.

Child Protection - Information Sharing project

The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is helping health and social care staff to share information securely to better protect society's most vulnerable children.

Diagnostics Data Service

Improving data quality and interoperability standards in pathology, imaging, endoscopy, physiological measures and genomics health services.

NHS Business Partners

Our programme provides a dedicated contact point for both NHS commissioners and, where appropriate, their contracted healthcare providers and their system suppliers.

Clinical Audit Platform

The Clinical Audit Platform is a web-accessible system for health and care staff submitting data across our range of clinical audits and registries.

NHS Safety Thermometer

The safety thermometer is a measurement tool for improvement in health care, which focuses on the most common harms to patients.

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