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NHS GP referrals for first out-patient appointments

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  • Release date: 5 November 2014
  • Period covered: September 2014
  • Next update: 10 December 2014
A monthly report showing data by local health board.


The October 2014 report due to be released on 10 December will not be published. During data quality checks further errors were found in the data. The postponement is to allow health boards to resolve the new data issues and resubmit correct data. The next publication of this release will now cover the time period of November 2014, and is due to be published 7 January 2015.

Key points

  • The number of GP referrals for a first outpatient appointment received at a Welsh Local Health Board was 64,319 in September 2014. There tends to be between 60 and 70 thousand GP referrals per month in Wales.
  • This is a 15.4 per cent increase compared with August 2014 and at the same percentage as September 2013. However, this is a volatile series and care should be taken when interpreting short term changes.


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