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  • Release date: 4 October 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 28 November 2017
The Outpatient Activity Minimum Dataset includes data on new attendances, total attendances and outpatients who did not attend. Information is included by NHS organisation, hospital site and treatment function.

The report 'Update on data quality and summary results for 2015-16' builds on and provides an update to the previous report ‘Publication of data and discussion of data quality’. Please read the reports together for a full picture of the quality of the data source.

Key points

  • There were 912,817 new outpatient attendances in Wales, a decrease of 26,069 from 938,886 in 2014-15. This decrease is driven by a change in recording within Cwm Taf, which is explained in more detail in Section 3 of the article.
  • There were 3,026,324 total outpatient attendances in Wales, a decrease of 53,708 from 3,080,032 in 2014-15. This decrease is driven by a change in recording within Cwm Taf, which is explained in more detail in Section 3 of the article.
  • The treatment function codes accounting for the largest number of new attendances in Wales were: trauma & orthopaedic, general surgery, ophthalmology, ear, nose & throat and gynaecology.  
  • The treatment function codes accounting for the largest number of total attendances in Wales were: trauma & orthopaedic, ophthalmology, general surgery, dermatology and ENT.  
  • The ratio of follow-up to new outpatient attendances in Wales was 2.2.  
  • The percentage of appointments where the outpatient did not attend (DNA) in Wales was 7.7 per cent.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 3642
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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