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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Hospital Outpatient Activity - 2004-05

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2005


For the 2004-05 financial year, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) has collected more than 54 million records detailing outpatient appointments, delivered by NHS hospitals in England or performed in the independent sector and commissioned by the English NHS.  The latest HES data are available via the internet from the Freely available data section of the HESonline website [].

The outpatients' data set contains individual records for all outpatient appointments occurring in England including details such as the type of attendance ie whether it was a first or follow up attendance or the main specialty ie the specialty under which the consultant with prime responsibility for the patient is registered.

Key Facts

• There were 13.1 million first outpatient attendances.  Of these, 8.0 million resulted from GP referral and 1.0 million from referral from accident & emergency.
• For 77 per cent of first attendances, the patient had been referred for advice/consultation, with only 5 per cent referred for a specific procedure.
• Overall, there was a ratio of 2.4 outpatient follow-up attendances seen to every first attendance.


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