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NHS activity and performance summary

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  • Release date: 19 April 2018
  • Period covered: February/March 2018
  • Next update: 17 May 2018
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 percentage of patients spending less than four hours in A&E fell in March and was the lowest since records began. The number of patients spending more than 12 hours in A&E increased from February and was the highest recorded.

The average number of daily calls to the ambulance service was above 1,300 for the 6th consecutive month,  and the target continues to be met.
In terms of scheduled care, therapy waiting times have again improved over the month with the number of people waiting over 14 weeks now at its lowest since August 2011.  The number of patients waiting more than 8 weeks for specified diagnostic services also fell by just over a third over the month to the lowest since November 2010.  Referral to Treatment performance improved slightly.

The percentage of people starting cancer treatment within the target time increased in February for both pathways.

Performance improved for those waiting less than 4 weeks for a first outpatient appointment for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in February.

The remaining targets for scheduled and unscheduled care continue to be missed.

The majority of median waiting times were broadly unchanged from the previous month across all services; however A&E waiting times were the longest on record. The number of delayed transfers of care increased over the month to 399, remaining low compared with the medium term trend.

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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