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National Statistics
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Hospital Outpatient Activity, 2016-17

National statistics
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Geographical Granularity:
Strategic Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Regions, NHS Trusts, Country
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


Published: 28 November 2017 - 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 2017. 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 100 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.


  • In 2016-17, there were 118.6 million outpatient appointments, of which 93.9 million were attended by patients.
  • The number of outpatient appointments has nearly doubled since 2006-07, rising from 63.2 million appointments to 118.6 million in 2016-17.
  • The number of attended appointments has also risen significantly, from 51.9 million in 2006-07 to 93.9 million in 2016-17.
  • Patients aged 60 to 79 years accounted for over 30 per cent (29.6 million) of all attendances.


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