Patient Treatment Register (PTR)

Data Collection Type
National data collections of health and social care in Ireland

National Treatment Purchase Fund, Department of Health

Year established

2005 — established.
2006 — roll-out completed.
2007 — inpatient/ day case completed.
2012 — outpatient data collection began.

Statement of purpose

To measure waiting times for patients attending as inpatients/day cases and outpatients. Provide statistics and identify trends. Provide basis for treatment commissioned by NTPF.


Forty-four Irish public hospitals report to Patient Treatment Register (PTR).


The PTR is a register of surgical and medical patients on inpatient/day-case and outpatient waiting lists in Ireland. It provides up-to-date information on wait times for inpatient/day-case treatments and outpatient new appointments.

Data content

Patient demographics, procedure codes, hospital, consultant and specialty details.

Data providers

Irish public hospitals.

Data collection methodology

When a patient is placed on an inpatient/day-case or outpatient public hospital waiting list, their details are submitted by secure encryption by the hospital to the NTPF and placed on the PTR.

Data dictionary

Not available

Clinical coding scheme

International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10–AM) for inpatient/day case. Not yet in place for outpatient data.

Size of national collection

Approximately 26 million records created on average annually.

Publication frequency

Reports published monthly on website.

Accessing data

Information on waiting times per hospital are available online. Monthly reports are produced. Hospitals receive weekly reports.

Open data portal access

Yes — Monthly Publication Data.

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