Published data which are labelled as ‘provisional’ are produced from primary monthly submissions, (i.e. the first submission of each month’s data). Provisional statistics are provided in some instances in order to give the timeliest information possible for some key measures. Provisional statistics are indicative and subject to change.
Providers are able to make an optional 'refresh' submission at the time of the next month's primary submission. Statistics which have been published under the label ‘final’ are a combination of both the primary and refresh submissions. Where a refresh submission is made, the primary submission is not used. If a refresh submission is not made then the primary submission is used. This ensures the most complete and latest picture for the MHSDS is made available. Once final statistics are published then any provisional statistics for the same period should no longer be used.