In most cases, reference to the Tier 2 guide will be adequate to map a hospital's clinics to the data domain. If not, general principles for mapping existing clinics to the data domain should take account of (a) the nature of the specialty, (b) patient characteristics, e.g. age, and (c) the field of practice of the service provider.
In paediatric hospitals, the full range of clinic types should be used.
CODE 1 Allied Health
Includes clinics specified in mapping list above run solely by these Allied Health (AH) professionals Example: A speech Pathologist conducting a clinic with booked patients for speech pathology services.
Excludes services provided by AH professionals in clinics classified in codes 2-23. Example: a physiotherapist running a cardiac rehabilitation clinic is classified to the Cardiology Clinic (see code 5).
Clinical Measurement; where clinical measurement services are specific to a specialty include with relevant specialty clinic type (see codes 1-23) e.g. urodynamic analysis is counted with Urology (see code 15).
Infectious diseases; Communicable diseases; Hep B, C; includes tuberculosis.
Nephrology, renal; excludes dialysis (see code 21).
Rehabilitation; excludes cardiac rehabilitation (see code 5).
Wound, Dressing clinic.
CODE 11 General practice/primary care
General Practice, Primary Care.
Excludes Medicare billable patients; defined specialty general practice clinics only.
CODE 12 Paediatric
In paediatric hospitals the full range of service types should be used. That is, paediatric medical should be reported as medical and paediatric surgery should be reported as surgery.
CODE 13 Endoscopy
Includes all occasions of service to non admitted patients for endoscopy including cystoscopy, gastroscopy, oesophagoscopy, duodenoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, laryngoscopy, sigmoidoscopy.
Where one of these procedures is carried out in a ward or clinic classified elsewhere, for example in the emergency department, the occasion is to be included under endoscopy and related procedures, and to be excluded from the other category. Care must be taken to ensure procedures or admitted patients are excluded from this category.
CODE 14 Plastic surgery
CODE 15 Urology
Includes urodynamic measurement and IVPs.
CODE 16 Orthopaedic surgery
Neck of femur.
CODE 17 Ophthalmology
CODE 18 Ear, nose and throat
Ear, nose and throat.
CODE 19 Pre-admission and pre-anaesthesia
CODE 20 Chemotherapy
Includes all forms of chemotherapy provided to non-admitted patients.
CODE 21 Dialysis
Includes renal dialysis education.
CODE 22 Surgery
Upper GI surgery.
CODE 23 Paediatric surgery
In paediatric hospitals the full range of service types should be used. That is, paediatric medicine should be reported as medical and paediatric surgery should be reported as surgery.
Source and reference attributes
National Centre for Classification in Health consultant's report to Outpatients National Minimum Data Set Development Working Group, September 2004.
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
Guide for use:
Does not include services provided through community health settings (such as community and child health centres).
Data compiled from service or clinic activity records.