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Growing number of day cases in hospitals
The number of day cases in general hospitals rose by 10 per cent from 2004 to 2005. Private hospitals without a regular agreement with the Regional Health Authorities are doing a small, but growing part of the treatments. The number of inpatient hospital stays rose by 1.7 per cent last year.
Of the five Regional Health Authorities (RHA) the Eastern RHA had the highest number of day-cases, almost 144 000 of totally 506 000. The Eastern RHA also had the greatest increase in number of day-cases, approximately 13 per cent. Only private hospitals without a regular agreement with the Regional Health Authorities, had a greater growth in number of day-cases with 23.5 per cent.
Number of inpatient hospital stays, day cases and outpatient
consultations, by Regional Health Authority (RHA). 2005
|Total||809 970||505 931||3 450 637|
|Eastern Norway RHA||242 124||143 821||1 064 204|
|Southern Norway RHA||194 160||138 882||779 963|
|Western Norway RHA||156 122||89 327||665 370|
|Central Norway RHA||109 286||61 500||544 080|
|Northern Norway RHA||83 645||47 862||397 020|
|Private hospitals without RHA agreement||24 633||24 539||-|
|1||Includes both day cases inpatient and day cases outpatient.|
The number of inpatient stays at general hospitals were about 810 000 in 2005. For private hospitals without a regular agreement with the Regional Health Authorities, the increase in inpatient stays was 5.3 per cent, elsewhere there were only small changes.
|The 10 "biggest" general hospitals. 2005|
|General hospital||Inpatient hospital stays|
|Haukeland Universitetssjukehus||52 497|
|St Olavs Hospital||46 414|
|Ullevål universitetssykehus||45 951|
|Stavanger universitetssjukehus||41 316|
|Akershus universitetssykehus||39 056|
|Sykehuset østfold||36 989|
|Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge||25 479|
|Sykehuset Buskerud||24 938|
|Sørlandet sykehus Kristiansand||22 974|
Average length stay still decreasing
The average length of a hospital stay is still decreasing. In 2005 an average inpatient stay was 5.1 days. To compare, the average length of inpatient stay in 2004 was 5.2 days, and 6.0 days in 2000. Patients 80 years and older have the longest inpatient stays in hospitals. Men in this age group have over 5000 bed-days per 1000 inhabitants in 2005, while women have nearly 4000.
The number of outpatient consultations at general hospitals was in 2005 approximately 3 450 000. This is an increase of 2.6 per cent from the previous year, or 90 000 more consultations. The most common cause of outpatient treatment was diseases in the musculoskeletal system and injury and poisoning. 56 per cent of all outpatient consultations were for women.
- Table 1 Inpatient stays at general hospitals, by age and main diagnosis. 2005
- Table 2 Inpatient stays at general hospitals, by sex and main diagnosis. 2005
- Table 3 Inpatient stays, by age, sex, region and county of residence. Includes foreign residents. 2005
- Table 4 Inpatient stays and number of bed-days, by sex and age. 2003-2005
- Table 5 Inpatient stays, bed-days and bed-days per stay, by sex. 1989-2005
- Table 6 Inpatient stays and bed-days per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and age. 2003-2005
- Table 7 Inpatient stays, by health region and patients region of residence. 2005
- Table 8 Number of day cases at general hospitals, by sex and county of residence. 2005
- Table 9 Number of day cases per 1 000 inhabitants, by sex and county of residence. 2005
- Table 11 Out-patient consultations at public hospitals, by sex and diagnosis. 2005
- Table 12 Out-patient consultations at public hospitals, by age, sex and diagnosis. 2005