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NHS activity and performance summary

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  • Release date: 18 January 2018
  • Period covered: November/December 2017
  • Next update: 22 February 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.


December 2017 saw the  highest number of average daily calls received by the ambulance service. December saw the highest number of A&E attendances for any December on record with the attendance rate for those aged 85 or over also the highest on record. A&E four hour waiting time performance fell over the month and was the lowest since March 2016.

In terms of scheduled care, the number of patient pathways closed per month is increasing year on year and there continues to be an increase in  the number of referrals confirmed and patients starting treatment for urgent suspected cancer.


Therapy waiting times have again improved over the month and performance for both cancer routes has improved with the non urgent suspected cancer route meeting the target whilst urgent cancer performance was the highest since February 2014. However those waiting more than 8 weeks for specified diagnostic services rose with Referral to Treatment broadly unchanged. The ambulance target was met for December  2017, and has been met since its introduction under the new clinical model in October 2015. 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. The number of delayed transfers of care fell over the month and continues to remain 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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