|Default Codes:||98 - Not applicable|
|99 - Not known: a validation error|
EPISODE NUMBER is the same as attribute ACTIVITY IDENTIFIER and is used to uniquely identify episodes, and is a sequence number for each Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider) in a Hospital Provider Spell. The first episode of each new Hospital Provider Spell (including re-admitted PATIENTS) commences at 01.
A known EPISODE NUMBER can be between 01 to 87.
For other Health Care Provider episodes, it is a sequence number for a CONSULTANT/PATIENT combination; or it is a sequence number for each Sexual Health And HIV Episode; or it is a sequence number for each Community Episode in a Nursing In The Community Programme.
Each of the above Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider), Hospital Provider Spell, Sexual Health And HIV Episode and Community Episode is an ACTIVITY GROUP where the ACTIVITY GROUP TYPE identifies the specific spell, episode or stay type.
This data element is also known by these names: