COVID-19 Data Hub

The impact of data in a pandemic

To understand and predict demand on health and care services during the COVID-19 pandemic timely data is critical.

Working collaboratively with health boards, the NHS Wales Informatics Service has fast-tracked the development of a new Data Hub, so decision makers can have a real-time view of the NHS Wales’ response to the pandemic.

The data hub brings together information from disparate sources, providing a single source of evidence about a rapidly changing situation.

Data is collected from across NHS Wales, hospitals, GP surgeries, emergency care, the Welsh Ambulance Service, 111 and NHS Direct Wales call centres and is combined with COVID-19 test results.

Collected data, held securely within the NHS Wales data warehouse, is cleansed, anonymised and integrated to provide the metrics and scientific evidence required to aid understanding at both local, national and UK levels.

Reports available illustrate the status of the NHS Wales response to COVID-19. The data hub does not provide access to any patient-level data.

To meet an ever-changing situation the data hub is under continuous development. The first version launched in early April, 2020.

Data reports available show:

  • Capacity at hospitals in each health board, including admissions and discharges, invasive ventilator beds, other COVID-19 related beds, mortuary spaces and hospitals deaths.
  • Positive COVID-19 lab tests by local authority
  • Daily attendances at hospital Emergency Departments
  • Statistics from the ambulance service and NHS 111 call centres
  • GP appointments data

Using the reports from the data-hub decision makers will be able to:

  • Identify hot-spots and trends in access to healthcare
  • Manage capacity based on demand and availability

Information Governance

All data is held securely by the NHS Wales Informatics Service and is subject to the information governance framework and data protection legislation that we use in our daily work.