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NHS GP referrals for first out-patient appointments

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  • Release date: 5 August 2015
  • Period covered: June 2015
  • Next update: 2 September 2015
A monthly report showing data by local health board.

Key points, June 2015

Release date: 5 August 2015

  • The number of GP referrals for a first outpatient appointment received at a Welsh Local Health Board was 73,608 in June 2015. There tends to be between 60 and 70 thousand GP referrals per month in Wales.
  • This is a 13.7 per cent increase compared with May 2015 and a 4.6 per cent increase on June 2014.  However, this is a volatile series and care should be taken when interpreting short term changes.
  • 110,166 referrals were received for a first outpatient appointment at a Welsh Local Health Board in June 2015,  an increase of 12.1 per cent compared with May 2015 and an increase of 9.5 per cent compared with June 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.

Contact

Tel: 029 2082 5043
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk