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Hospital Outpatient Activity 2018-19National statistics
- Publication Date:
- 10 Oct 2019
- Geographic Coverage:
- Geographical Granularity:
- Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Hospital Trusts, Regions, NHS Trusts, Country
- Date Range:
- 01 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019
This is a report on outpatient activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS-commissioned activity in the independent sector. This annual publication covers the financial year ending March 2019. It contains final data and replaces the provisional data that are published each month.
The data are taken from the Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) data warehouse. HES contains records of all admissions, appointments and attendances for patients admitted to NHS hospitals in England.
This publication includes analysis of more than 123 million outpatient appointments recorded in HES data during the 12 month period. A number of breakdowns are provided including by patient's age, gender, whether the appointment was attended or not and by provider. Note that this report counts the number of outpatient appointments rather than the number of patients.
The purpose of this publication is to inform and support strategic and policy-led processes for the benefit of patient care. This document will also be of interest to researchers, journalists and members of the public interested in NHS hospital activity in England.
Also included within this release is supplementary analysis that has been produced to in addition to the Retrospective Review for Earliest Clinically Appropriate Date wider goals of the Ophthalmology transformation program. It contains a count of Outpatient appointments where the Earliest Clinically Appropriate Date is present and the treatment specialty is ophthalmology. This is displayed by provider and month recorded during the April 2018 to March 2019 period.
In 2018-19, there were 123.4 million outpatient appointments.
In 2018-19, there were 96.4 million outpatient attendances
The number of appointments where the patient ‘Did not attend’ is less than Hospital or Patient Cancellations