HOSPITAL EPISODE STATISTICS (HES)
HES GENERAL EPISODE RECORD (deleted)

The HES General Episode covers all NHS and private Admitted Patient Care (day case and inpatient) activity taking place in any acute, community, psychiatric NHS Trust or Primary Care Trust or other NHS hospital under the care of a consultant, midwife or nurse. Additionally, NHS funded Admitted Patient Care taking place in non-NHS hospitals and institutions is required for HES.

The table below lists the HES data items for the General Episode and indicates whether the data items should be included in the Unfinished Episode and Annual Census. This inclusion and indication are given in the column headed U/A (Unfinished Episode / Annual Census). An R in the U/A column idicates that it is required to be present, a blank indicates that it is not required to be present.

An Unfinished General Episode record is required for all unfinished general episodes at midnight on 31 March. Unfinished General Episode records are also required for short-stay informal psychiatric patients who are resident in hopsital or on leave of absence (home leave) on 31 March and who have been in hospital for less than 12 months.

Field HES Data Item U/A
General Details
1 RECORD TYPE R
2 ORGANISATION CODES (CODE OF PROVIDER) R
3 ORGANISATION CODES (CODE OF COMMISSIONER) R
4 SEX R
5 MARITAL STATUS
(psychiatric patients only)
R
6 POSTCODES OF USUAL ADDRESS R
7 BIRTH DATES R
8 ETHNIC CATEGORIES R
Note:
ETHNIC CATEGORY is not required for Birth and Other Birth Event Records
9 START DATES (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) R
10 ADMISSION METHOD (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) R
11 SOURCE OF ADMISSION (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) R
12 DECIDED TO ADMIT DATES R
13 CATEGORY OF PATIENTS R
14 DURATION OF ELECTIVE WAITS R
15 START DATES (EPISODE) R
16 AGE AT START OF EPISODE  
Note:
AGE AT START OF EPISODE is not required but is retained in the data set to allow the position of other fields to remain unaltered
17 MAIN SPECIALTY CODES R
18 TREATMENT FUNCTION CODES R
Patient Diagnosis
19 PRIMARY (ICD-10)  
20 SUBSIDIARY (ICD-10)  
Note:
SUBSIDIARY (ICD-10) is not required but is retained in the data set to allow the position of other fields to remain unaltered
21 FIRST SECONDARY (ICD-10) (deleted)  
22 SECOND SECONDARY (ICD-10)  
23 THIRD SECONDARY (ICD-10)  
24 FOURTH SECONDARY (ICD-10)  
25 FIFTH SECONDARY (ICD-10)  
Patient Operative Procedure
26 PRIMARY OPERATION (OPCS-4)  
27 PRIMARY PROCEDURE DATES  
28 SECOND OPERATION (OPCS-4)  
29 SECOND OPERATION DATE  
30 THIRD OPERATION (OPCS-4)  
31 THIRD OPERATION DATE  
32 FOURTH OPERATION (OPCS-4)  
33 FOURTH OPERATION DATE  
Patient Discharge
34 EPISODE NUMBERS R
35 DURATION OF EPISODE (deleted)  
Note:
DURATION OF EPISODE (deleted) is not required but is retained in the data set to allow the position of other fields to remain unaltered
36 END DATES (EPISODE)  
37 DISCHARGE DATES (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL)  
38 DISCHARGE METHODS (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) R
39 DISCHARGE DESTINATIONS (HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL) R
40 PATIENT CLASSIFICATIONS R
41 NEONATAL LEVEL OF CARE R
42 PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT STATUS R
43 LAST EPISODE IN SPELL INDICATORS R
44 ADMINISTRATIVE CATEGORY
(on admission)
R
45 LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODE (ON ADMISSION) R
Note:
Approval was granted for collection of LEGAL STATUS CLASSIFICATION CODE for years 1998/1999, 1999/2000, 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.
46 REFERRER CODES R
47 INTENDED MANAGEMENTS R
48 HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL NUMBERS R
49 WARD TYPE AT START OF EPISODE R
50 CARER SUPPORT INDICATORS R
51 NHS NUMBER R
52 LOCAL PATIENT IDENTIFIER R
53 CONSULTANT CODES R
54 GMP (CODE OF REGISTERED OR REFERRING GMP) R
55 CODE OF GP PRACTICE (REGISTERED GMP) R
56 SITE CODE (OF TREATMENT)
(at start of episode)
R
57 ORGANISATION CODE (PCT OF RESIDENCE)  
58 DETENTION CATEGORY (deleted)  
59 HEALTHCARE RESOURCE GROUP CODE R
60 HEALTHCARE RESOURCE GROUP CODE-VERSION NUMBER R