This is the date of the first DECISION TO ADMIT a PATIENT to a HEALTH CARE PROVIDER for a given condition which results in the PATIENT being placed on a ELECTIVE ADMISSION LIST. The date will always be used to monitor the right for admission to hospital within a reasonable time from the decision to admit as described in 'Your guide to the NHS'. The waiting time will not exceed two years, and will be less for certain procedures.
The date is never altered or removed until the PATIENT is treated or the treatment is no longer required. This date should be recorded on all subsequent elective admission list entries, regardless of any change of provider or commissioner. For the first ELECTIVE ADMISSION LIST ENTRY, this date will be the same as the DECIDED TO ADMIT DATE.
This data element is also known by these names:
|plural||ORIGINAL DECIDED TO ADMIT DATES|