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NHS GP referrals for first out-patient appointments

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  • Release date: 2 September 2015
  • Period covered: July 2015
  • Next update: 7 October 2015
A monthly report showing data by local health board.

Key points, July 2015

Release date: 2 September 2015

  • The number of GP referrals for a first outpatient appointment received at a Welsh Local Health Board was 75,183 in July 2015. There tends to be between 60 and 75 thousand GP referrals per month in Wales.
  • This is a 1.2 per cent increase compared with June 2015 and a 1.2 per cent increase on July 2014. However, this is a volatile series and care should be taken when interpreting short term changes.
  • 112,915 referrals were received for a first outpatient appointment at a Welsh Local Health Board in July 2015, an increase of 1.2 per cent compared with June 2015 and a increase of 6.5 per cent compared with July 2014 (coverage was expanded in October 2014 which affects this).

The release also contains information on the numbers of referrals from sources other than GPs.

Analysis of the outpatient referral dataset

Release date: 24 February 2015

The current report on referrals for outpatient appointments includes those patients who were referred by a GP. We plan to extend this publication to include other sources of referrals for outpatient appointments.

This statistical article describes the impact of including other sources of referrals; and identifies patterns and trends within the data. It also outlines the steps we plan to take with publishing outpatient referrals data in future.


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