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NHS activity and performance summary

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  • Release date: 22 June 2017
  • Period covered: April/May 2017
  • Next update: 20 July 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.


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 varies throughout the year with the numbers tending to be lower in December whilst there are increasing numbers of referrals confirmed as urgent suspected cancer.


The target for non-urgent cancer performance was met for first time since May 2016 whilst urgent cancer performance remains at its highest since November 2014. Referral to treatment times (RTT) and  diagnostic waiting times have both deteriorated a little over the  month, however people waiting over 8 weeks for specified diagnostic services still remains lower than 6 years ago. The remaining targets for scheduled and unscheduled care continue to be missed.

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


Median waiting times were broadly unchanged from the previous month across all services. The number of delayed transfers of care increased over the month but 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.


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