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NHS GP referrals for first out-patient appointments

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  • Release date: 6 May 2015
  • Period covered: March 2015
  • Next update: 3 June 2015
A monthly report showing data by local health board.

Key points, March 2015

Release date: 6 May 2015

  • The number of GP referrals for a first outpatient appointment received at a Welsh Local Health Board was 73,321 in March 2015. There tends to be between 60 and 70 thousand GP referrals per month in Wales.
  • This is a 12.8 per cent increase compared with February 2015 and a 7.8 per cent increase on March 2014. However, this is a volatile series and care should be taken when interpreting short term changes.
  • 105,920 referrals were received for a first outpatient appointment at a Welsh Local Health Board in March 2015, an increase of 11.7 per cent compared with February 2015 and an increase of 11.9 per cent compared with March 2014 (coverage was expanded in October 2014 which affects this).

Following the publication of the Statistical Article on 24 February 2015, looking at all sources of referral, we have recently added a new section to the release which provides numbers of referrals for 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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