Date lodged: 12 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many patients from Scotland accessed health services in England in the last 12 months.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 26 March 2019
In 2017-18, there were 6,595 finished admission episodes for patients resident in Scotland who received healthcare from the NHS in England.
Data for 2018-19 will be published by NHS Digital in England around September 2019.
A patient living in Scotland could be treated in England for a number of reasons such as they may have fallen ill whilst working in or visiting England or they may have been referred by their health board, for example if at a UK level the treatment is only available in England.