National Rehabilitation Hospital

Spinal Cord System of Care (SCSC) Outcomes, Demographics & Activity 2018

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 – 2018

  • 129 persons were discharged in 2018 from the SCSC Programme.
  • 122 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 122 patients, 48% had sustained a new traumatic spinal cord injury, 46% had a diagnoses of non-traumatic SCI and 6% had neuropathies or neurological disorders.
  • 7 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 2018, the areas considered were:

Average Waiting Time for Admission

The average waiting time for admission to the SCSC Programme during 2018 was 77 days.

Average Length of Stay

The Average length of stay for patients in the SCSC Programme in 2018 was 85 days.

Discharge to Home*

73% of patients were discharged to home in 2018.


Pre-hospital HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) areas of residence of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2018
Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) Areas

CHO Area 1 – Donegal; Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Cavan/Monaghan : 13

CHO Area 2 – Galway; Roscommon; Mayo : 8

CHO Area 3 – Clare; Limerick and North Tipperary/East Limerick : 13

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

CHO Area 5 – South Tipperary; Carlow/Kilkenny; Waterford and Wexford : 11

CHO Area 6 – Wicklow; Dún Laoghaire; and Dublin South East : 16

CHO Area 7 – Kildare/West Wicklow; Dublin West; Dublin South City; Dublin South West : 12

CHO Area 8 – Laois/Offaly; Longford Westmeath; Louth and Meath : 23

CHO Area 9 – Dublin North; Dublin North Central; Dublin West : 13

Gender of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2018
Male 70%
Female 30%
Age Profile of patients discharged from the SCSC Programme in 2018
Average age 51 years
Lower age range 16 years
Higher age range 84 years