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Timelines for data availability
Data previously made available
Future data availabilityFor information on planned future data releases, please see the future timelines page.
Most recent data releases - July 2021
Available through Showcase fields:
Additional cancer registry data (Category 100092) for England and Wales, covering up to an estimated censoring date of the end of July 2019. See the cancer registry information page for further details on the data, and the Data providers and dates page for more information on how censoring dates are estimated.
An update to fields in Category 149 (Abdominal composition from MRI scans), provided by Advanced MR Analytics AB, AMRA, Sweden. The latest data will be available for ~25,000 participants and includes new fields and updates to existing fields.
An update to the existing data for Predicted Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) and FEV1 predicted percentage for an additional 123,000 smokers and previous smokers who have a reproducible spirometry measure. Please see Field 20153 for further details.
An update to the existing Nightingale data so the full range of biomarkers are available for participants in the first tranche. This includes QC measures for any derived fields, plus additional sample-level QC data. Please see Category 220 for further details.
Data related to macular thickness and retinal pigment epithelium thickness derived from retinal images for ~35,000 participants, generated by a group led by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Please see Category 100079 for further details.
Data on the diagnostic source of COVID-19 cases identified for the COVID-19 re-imaging study. The source of the positive Covid test result is contained in Field 41001.
Available on the Data Portal:
Additional data from the EMIS GP supplier covering up to mid July 2021. See the Data providers and dates page for coverage dates and numbers of participants. These data are available for Covid-19 research only.
Rolling updates to returned datasets
Rolling updates to death, hospital inpatient & Covid-19 test result data
There will be regular updates to tables on the Data Portal for the Death data for England, Scotland and Wales, the Hospital Inpatient data for England & Scotland, and the Critical Care data for England. These will will only be mentioned in data release information above when Showcase fields are updated as well. These updates should occur every one or two months, but this may be longer on occasion. The Covid-19 test result data for England, Scotland & Wales will be updated approximately every month (possibly more frequently in the case of England). The date that each table on the Data Portal was last updated can be found at the bottom of this page.
For information on the coverage dates for the various types of linked health data, including estimates for censoring dates that would apply to longitudinal studies, see the Data providers and dates page.
Note on English & Scottish inpatient data
UK Biobank has started to receive monthly extracts of hospital inpatient data for England, with each file containing the whole financial year to that point. Whilst we remove exact duplicates of previous episodes, we have noted occasions where a second record exists which differs slightly from a previous episode despite clearly being a record of the same hospital episode. Currently, both versions of this same episode will appear in our released data.
Similarly the extracts from Scotland are all records from 01/04/2019 onwards. Again, exact duplicates have been removed, but there remain in the new records low numbers of admissions from 01/04/2019. We have not made any attempts as yet to determine if these are genuinely new admissions, or alterations to previous admission records.
We are exploring methods for retaining only the most recent version of each hospital admission, but for now researchers should take this issue into consideration when working with the data.
Updates to the Data Portal
The table below gives details of the current status of the tables on the Data Portal, in particular when they were each last updated. The frequency with which new data will be made available will vary by table and could change over time.
The data on this table is refreshed each night so updates will appear the day after new data have been added to the tables. The row counts will sometimes decrease due to data being removed for participants who have withdrawn from the study.