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NHS GP referrals for first out-patient appointments

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  • Release date: 24 February 2015
  • Next update: 4 March 2015
A monthly report showing data by local health board.

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.

Key points, December 2014

Release date: 4 February 2015

  • The number of GP referrals for a first outpatient appointment received at a Welsh Local Health Board was 59,806 in December 2014. There tends to be between 60 and 70 thousand GP referrals per month in Wales.
  • This is a 5.9 per cent decrease compared with November 2014 and a 2.8 per cent increase on December 2013. However, this is a volatile series and care should be taken when interpreting short term changes.

Contact

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