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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01064
Asked by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 25 June 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been referred by their GP to mental health services in each year since 2016, also broken down by NHS board.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 3 August 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government does not hold data centrally on how many people have been referred by their GP to mental health services.

Public Health Scotland have provided the following table information showing the number of mental health inpatients referred by their GP for the calendar years 2016 to 2020, broken down by year of admission and NHS board of treatment. This information will not show referrals to non-statutory mental health services which routinely are not recorded. Patients will be counted multiple times if they have been admitted within the same board in different years, or different boards in the same year, or both. Complete figures for 2021 cannot yet be provided.

Health board

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total

Ayrshire and Arran

54

19

18

9

11

111

Borders

*

*

*

*

*

22

Dumfries and Galloway

19

18

14

9

8

68

Forth Valley

22

37

31

37

48

175

Grampian

205

181

178

179

184

927

Highland

210

174

146

101

65

696

Lothian

64

42

40

35

35

216

Western Isles

-

*

*

-

-

6

Fife

244

212

144

144

66

810

Tayside

55

43

65

52

44

259

Greater Glasgow and Clyde

410

419

357

230

219

1,635

Lanarkshire

58

34

28

16

35

171

Non-NHS Provider/Location

*

-

-

*

*

6

Total

1,357

1,184

1,027

816

718

5,102