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Appointments in General Practice December 2019Official statistics
- Publication Date:
- 30 Jan 2020
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships
- Date Range:
- 01 Jul 2018 to 31 Dec 2019
Appointments in General Practice: Comparing 2018 to 2019
By dividing the total number of estimated appointments that occurred on a weekday (excluding bank holidays) by the number of weekdays each month, an estimated number of appointments per weekday can be calculated. Figure 3 shows how this varies by month in 2018 and 2019.
The weekday with the highest mean estimated number of appointments was Monday in both 2018 (1.35 million) and 2019 (1.37 million). As the week progresses, the mean estimated number of appointments decrease until Friday, which has the lowest mean estimated number of appointments in both 2018 (1.13 million) and 2019 (1.14 million).
For every day except Tuesday, the mean estimated number of appointments was higher in 2019 than 2018.
As well as varying between 2018 and 2019, the estimated number of appointments taking place on each weekday also varies by month. Table 1 shows the mean estimated number of appointments (in millions) taking place on each weekday (excluding bank holidays), by month, in 2019.
Each weekday has variation between every month in 2019. For example, whilst the mean estimated number of appointments per Monday in 2019 was 1.37 million, this varies from 1.23 million in August to 1.45 million in November. Friday saw a similar variation between 1.03 million in August and 1.21 million in October, whilst the mean estimated number of appointments for Fridays in 2019 was 1.14 million.
Full details on how these figures are calculated and equivalent data for 2018 can be found in the methodology document. Detailed guidance on the appointments in general practice publication and limitations of the data can be found on the supporting information page here.
It is hoped that this report supports users in understanding how to interpret appointments in general practice data when comparing changes over time. NHS Digital are looking to further develop this methodology in order to be able to directly compare appointments data across specific time periods that will fully account for changes in coverage. We welcome feedback from users as to how to develop the publication further, which can be provided using this link.