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Publication, Part of

Appointments in General Practice December 2019

Official statistics, Experimental statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Clinical Commissioning Groups, Ambulance Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Ambulance Trusts
Date Range:
01 Jul 2018 to 31 Dec 2019


The aim of the publication is to inform users about activity and usage of GP appointments historically and how primary care is impacted by seasonal pressures, such as winter.

NHS Digital publishes this information to support winter preparedness and provide information about some activity within primary care. The publication covers historic appointments, marked as attended or did not attend, from national to CCG coverage. The aim is to inform users, who range from a healthcare professional to an inquiring citizen, about appointments within primary care.

The publication includes data from participating practices using EMIS, TPP, MICROTEST and VISION GP systems.

NHS Digital produce this information monthly, containing information about the most recent month and previous months.

The publication includes important information, however it does not show the totality of GP activity/workload. The data presented only contains information which was captured on the GP practice systems. This limits the activity reported on and does not represent all work happening within a primary care setting or assess the complexity of activity.

No patient identifiable information has been collected or is included in this release.

Key Facts

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Number of Appointments

312 million appointments are estimated to have happened between 01 January 2019 and 31 December 2019

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Same Day Appointments

44% of the appointments in December 2019 happened on the day that they were booked.

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Time Series Analysis

Appointments in General Practice data is now available covering two full calendar years.

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Interactive data visualisation

You can access the interactive data report here

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NHS Digital regularly solicit feedback for users of its publications which are experimental statistics to help further development


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Last edited: 29 January 2020 1:44 pm