A service referral is a request for a care service to be provided for a person needing care. This could include patient self-referrals for an appointment to see or to be in contact with a care professional.
Across all submitters of referrals data, there were 1,260,415 referral requests in total during October 2021. Of these, 260,025 referrals were for children and young people, 364,325 referrals were for adults aged 19-64, and 636,030 were for adults aged 65 and over.
Patients with a referral
Across all submitters of referral data in October 2021, there were 941,500 patients with a referral received during the month, of which 232,035 were children and young people, 305,925 were adults aged 19-64, and 403,540 were adults aged 65 and over.
Referral reason is submitted in 60.5% of records. Where recorded (excluding 'Reason for referral not known' and 'Missing Value / Value Outside Parameters'), the top 3 reasons
for referral are Musculoskeletal Problems, Healthy Child Pathway & Haematology/Phlebotomy.
More detailed information on referral reason, including breakdowns by age band and gender are available in the accompanying data file.
Last edited: 12 January 2022 10:53 am