SITE CODE (OF TREATMENT)

Format/length: an5
HES item: SITETRET
National Codes:
Default Codes: 89999 - non-NHS UK provider where no organisation site code has been issued
89997 - Not applicable: non-UK provider

Notes:
SITE CODE (OF TREATMENT) is the ORGANISATION SITE CODE for the ORGANISATION SITE where the patient was treated. Note that the SITE CODE (OF TREATMENT) should always identify an ORGANISATION SITE where activity managed by the treating organisation takes place ie it should enable the treating organisation to be identified.

This identifies the site within the ORGANISATION on which the PATIENT was treated, since facilities may vary on different hospital sites. The code recorded should always be the national code; if the treatment is sub-commissioned to another provider, the site code used should be that of the provider actually carrying out the work.

Each ORGANISATION has a unique ORGANISATION CODE, see NHS Administrative Codes for a description and format of ORGANISATION CODES. However, where an ORGANISATION has more than one site from which it provides services then each site is uniquely identified. These sites are ORGANISATION SITES and are uniquely identified by ORGANISATION SITE CODE. The ORGANISATION SITE CODE contains the first 3 digits of the ORGANISATION CODE with the last two digits being the site identifier.

Example:

RA700 ORGANISATION CODE of the ORGANISATION
RA701 ORGANISATION SITE CODE of the first identified ORGANISATION SITE within the ORGANISATION
RA702 ORGANISATION SITE CODE of the second identified ORGANISATION SITE within the ORGANISATION

Where treatment for an NHS patient is sub-commissioned to an independent UK provider the appropriate ORGANISATION SITE CODE should be used. Where treatment is sub-commissioned to an overseas provider the default code 89997 is applicable.

For out-patients, activity may take place outside the hospital, such as in the PATIENT'S home; in such cases, raising a site code is impractical. LOCATION CLASS is used in the CDS message to indicate the classification of the physical location within which the activity occurred. 

This data element is also known by these names:

Context Alias
plural SITE CODE (OF TREATMENT)