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  • Release date: 14 April 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2015 and February 2016
  • Next update: 12 May 2016
Monthly data showing information on the number of patients treated within 26 weeks of the date a referral letter was received in the hospital.

Monthly data are published on StatsWales with a summary headline and a report is published quarterly.

Patient pathways waiting to start treatment, September 2011 onwards - Chart showing the percentage of patient pathways waiting less than the target time by month, September 2011 onwards. The chart shows a gradual decline since March 2012, which was the peak month for each target. However, for the 26 week target this has been increasing since December 2015.

February 2016

Release date: 14 April 2016

Data has been published on StatsWales.

Key points

  • By the end of February, a total of 428,157 patient pathways were waiting for the start of their treatment. Of these, 86.1 per cent had been waiting less than 26 weeks and 94.7 per cent had been waiting less than 36 weeks from the date the referral letter was received in the hospital.
  • Performance at Local Health Board level varied from 81.4 per cent of patient pathways waiting less than 26 weeks to start treatment at Hywel Dda University LHB to 99.4 per cent of patient pathways at Powys Teaching LHB during February.
  • A total of 90,809 patient pathways were closed during February. Of those pathways, 72.8 per cent were closed within 26 weeks and 88.7 per cent were closed within 36 weeks of the date the referral letter was received in the hospital.

Information on specialties not covered by referral to treatment times reporting is also published.

  • There were 1,179 patient pathways waiting over 16 weeks for a first outpatient appointment for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at the end of February 2016.

Quarter ending December 2015

Release date: 10 March 2016

This release includes new information on median waiting times and stage of pathway. For accuracy we have also amended references from patients to patient pathways since a patient can be on multiple pathways. We welcome feedback on these new additions plus any further analysis that would be of interest, as we plan to continue improving the contextual analysis in future quarters.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 3642
Email: stats.healthinfo@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 029 2089 8099

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