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NHS activity and performance summary

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  • Release date: 17 August 2017
  • Period covered: June/July 2017
  • Next update: 21 September 2017
A monthly report summarising data on activity and performance in the Welsh NHS. It includes the latest available monthly information plus a summary of long term trends.

Activity

The number of emergency ambulance calls has been rising steadily for many years with clear peaks in the winter months. December 2016 saw the highest number of calls received. A&E attendances, in contrast, are generally higher in the summer months, with a slowly increasing trend over the last few years.

The number of referrals for a first outpatient appointment has increased slightly in recent years. In terms of scheduled care, the number of patient pathways closed per month is increasing year on year and there are increasing numbers of referrals confirmed and patients starting treatment for urgent suspected cancer.

Performance

Referral to treatment times (RTT) and diagnostic waiting times have improved over the month, however people waiting over 14 weeks for specified therapy services fell compared to the previous month. Urgent and non urgent cancer performance fell over the month again. The remaining targets for scheduled and unscheduled care continue to be missed.

The ambulance target was met for July 2017, and has been met since its introduction under the new clinical model in October 2015.

Context

Median waiting times were broadly unchanged from the previous month across all services. The number of delayed transfers of care fell over the month and remains low compared to the medium term.

Further information

Alongside this report we have produced an interactive dashboard which can be found under the 'View data' tab above.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 1401
Email: stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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