Download out updated information on private care in the UK.

The latest data drop describing private elective care in the UK has been published today. This includes updated statistics on private patient volumes, length of stay, Never Events, infections, and health outcomes.

The updated statistics show: 

  • There were 25 Never Events reported against care delivered to private patients. In the previous 12 months (up to 30 September 2020) 19 events were reported.
  • 191 healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) were reported, at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 bed days. An additional 17 infections were reported where a rate could not be calculated due to incomplete data. This compares to 247 in the previous 12-month period, with a rate of 21.9 in every 100,000 bed days. An additional 11 infections could not be calculated with a rate in the previous period.
  • There were 107 surgical site infections reported across the year. From the previous year the percentage risk of a patient developing an infection remained 0.2%.
  • Private activity grew in the 12 months ending 30 September 2021 from the previous year, with 732,880 private patient spells, up from 539,720 in the previous 12 months. 

PHIN has also published statistics on NHS care delivered in independent hospitals over the same period.

Aggregated statistics showing activity, safety measures and health improvement at independent and NHS hospitals (where NHS hospitals also offer private treatment) is available to download below.