UK Government

Department of Health (National): Statistical Press notice: NHS Inpatient and outpatient events

Press Release   •   Nov 26, 2010 11:27 GMT

NHS inpatient and outpatient waiting: elective admission events occurring during the quarter ending 30 September 2010

The key points from the latest release are:

Inpatient Events

The number of decisions to admit has increased by 129,000 (10.3%) to 1.4 million since the equivalent quarter of 2009-10. Similarly, the number of admissions from the list has increased by 113,000 (10.0%) to 1.2 million compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009-10.

Outpatient Referrals and attendances
In quarter 2 of 2010-11:

The number of GP referrals made has increased by 176,000 (6.2%) to 3.0 million compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009-10. The number of other referrals made has increased by 178,000 (11.3%) to 1.7 million compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009-10.

First attendances at consultant outpatient clinics have increased by 274,000 (6.7%) to 4.4 million and total attendances increased by 880,000 (7.1%) to 13.3 million compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009-10.

Did not attend (DNA) rates have decreased this quarter compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009/10. This quarter, the percentage of patients who did not attend for their first outpatient attendance is 8.7% which shows a 0.3% decrease compared to the equivalent quarter of 2009-10.

Full tables are available here

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Statistics/Performancedataandstatistics/HospitalActivityStatistics/index.htm