Activity in Acute Public Hospitals


Health Service Executive

Key information

Hospital discharge activity is examined by age, sex, type of patient, length of stay, type of hospital, medical card status, public/private status, diagnosis, procedure, major diagnostic categories, diagnosis related groups, month of admission, and day of admission or discharge. The analysis is presented at the national level and is also disaggregated by Health Service Executive (HSE) administrative area.


Pre 2014 produced by the Health Research and Information Division (HRID) within the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) from Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) data. With effect from January 1, 2014, the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) will have responsibility for the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme. HIPE collects demographic, clinical and administrative data on discharges and deaths from acute hospitals nationally.


Discharges from all acute public hospitals participating in the Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) scheme.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date

1990 (10-year reports), 2002 (annual reports)


12 months after the end of the reference period


  • HSE area
    Dublin North East; Dublin Mid-Leinster; South; West.
  • Length of stay
    Day patients; In-patients (Acute, 0-30 days; Extended Greater Than 30 days).
  • Hospital type
    General hospitals (Voluntary; Regional; County); Special Hospitals (Cancer; Eye, ear, nose and throat; Infectious disease; Long stay; Maternity; Orthopaedic; Paediatric).
  • Marital status
    Single; Married; Widowed; Divorced; Other (includes separated); Unknown.
  • Age (broad)
    Less Than 15 years; 15-44; 45-64; 65+ years.
  • Age (detailed)
    Less Than 15 years (0-4; 5-14); 15-44 years (15-19; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44); 45-64 years (45-54; 55-64); 65+ years (65-74; 75-84; 85+).
  • Diagnosis
    World Health Organisation (WHO) ICD-10; International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM).
  • Procedures
    Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI) block framework.
  • Casemix
    Major Diagnostic category (MDC) - Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification scheme.
  • Diagnosis related group
    Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification scheme.


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