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NHS activity and performance summary

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  • Release date: 23 November 2017
  • Period covered: September/October 2017
  • Next update: 21 December 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. October 2017 saw the second highest number of average daily 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.


Diagnostic and therapy waiting times have improved over the month, and while non urgent cancer performance declined, the target was met for the third month in succession. The remaining targets for scheduled and unscheduled care continue to be missed.

The ambulance target was met for October 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 fell slightly 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.


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