National Rehabilitation Hospital

Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Outcomes, Demographics & Activity 2017

This section details some information about the Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Inpatient Programme which relates to how we measure the activity; effectiveness; efficiency of, and access to the Programme. 

Outcomes, Demographics and Activity for Inpatient services – 2017

  • 131 persons were discharged in 2017 from the SCSC Programme.
  • 113 of these patients were admitted for the first time to the SCSC Programme for a period of intensive inpatient rehabilitation treatment and therapy.  Of these 113 patients, 41% had sustained a new traumatic spinal cord injury, 52% had a diagnoses of non-traumatic SCI and 7% had neuropathies or neurological disorders.
  • 18 additional patients were admitted for other varying assessments, reviews and treatments.

The NRH has committed to a programme of continual review of its service delivery. Following on from reviews, it implements various improvement plans.

During 2017, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

The average waiting time for admission to the SCSC Programme during 2017 was 76 days.

Average Length of Stay

The Average length of stay for patients in the SCSC Programme in 2017 was 91 days.

Discharge to Home*

79% of patients were discharged to home in 2017.


Pre-hospital HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) areas of residence of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2017
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) Areas

CHO Area 1 – Donegal; Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Cavan/Monaghan : 12

CHO Area 2 – Galway; Roscommon; Mayo : 6

CHO Area 3 – Clare; Limerick and North Tipperary/East Limerick : 11

CHO Area 4 – Kerry; North Cork; North Lee; South Lee and West Cork : 13

CHO Area 5 – South Tipperary; Carlow/Kilkenny; Waterford and Wexford : 12

CHO Area 6 – Wicklow; Dún Laoghaire; and Dublin South East : 14

CHO Area 7 – Kildare/West Wicklow; Dublin West; Dublin South City; Dublin South West : 9

CHO Area 8 – Laois/Offaly; Longford Westmeath; Louth and Meath : 14

CHO Area 9 – Dublin North; Dublin North Central; Dublin West : 22

Gender of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2017
Male 69%
Female 31%
Age Profile of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2017
Average age 53 years
Lower age range 18 years
Higher age range 84 years