Press release

Statistical Press notice: NHS inpatient and outpatient events

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Latest monthly hospital activity events (up to and including January 2013)

Latest monthly hospital activity events (up to and including January 2013)

The main findings compare the year to date (YTD) to January 2012/13 to the same period in 2011/12. Year to date is a cumulative count of activity from the start of the financial year (ie we are comparing activity from April to January 2012/13 to activity in the period April to January 2011/12).

The figures for a single month of data can be affected by factors such as the number of working days in the month so figures adjusted for the number of working days have been provided for comparison. April to January 2011/12 had 209 working days (including the royal wedding as a bank holiday) and April to January 2012/13 had 210 working days.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • GP referrals made this year, on a year to date (YTD) basis, show a 4.0% increase, compared to the same period last year (3.5% increase adjusted for working days).

  • GP referrals seen this year, on a YTD basis, are currently showing a 2.6% increase compared to the same period last year (2.1% increase adjusted for working days).

  • The volume of first outpatient attendances, on a YTD basis, is showing a 2.6% increase compared to the same period last year (2.1% increase adjusted for working days).

  • Elective growth this year, on a YTD basis, is currently 2.4% (1.9% increase adjusted for working days).

  • The day case rate (the proportion of total elective admissions that were day cases) on a YTD basis is currently 79.8%.

  • Non-elective admissions, on a YTD basis, have increased by 2.7% compared to the same period last year.

Full tables are available on the Department of Health website.