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PUBLICATION OF LATEST STATISTICS ON ACTIVITY IN CONSULTANT OUTPATIENT CLINICS AND A&E DEPARTMENTS, ENGLAND, 2000-01 AND 2001-02.

Prepared by the Government Statistical Service

PR Newswire, London, September 19. This press release is transmitted on behalf of Department of Health.

Information on activity in consultant outpatient clinics and in accident & emergency departments in NHS Trusts in England in 2000-01 and April - June 2001 was published today in a Department of Health Statistical Press Notice.

Main Points

Compared with annual figures for 1999-00:

Total annual attendances at consultant outpatient clinics increased by 1.2% to 43.6 million while first attendances increased by 2.7% to 12.5 million.

Total annual attendances in the general & acute sector increased by 1.7% to 39.6 million while first attendances increased by 3% to 11.6 million.

The proportion of patients who did not attend for their first outpatient appointment fell to 11.1% from 11.3%.

New attendances at accident & emergency departments and minor injury units fell 1.6% to 13.0 million from 13.2 million.

The number of attendances made by patients to wards for nursing care increased by 0.4% to 1.1 million.

In the first quarter of 2001-02:

There were 10.7 million outpatient attendances of which 3 million were first attendances. The percentage of patients who did not attend for their first outpatient attendance was 10.8%.

There were 3.3 million first attendances at accident & emergency departments and minor injury units.

Table 1: Consultant outpatient attendances by sector, England, 2000-01
 Sector First First Subsequent Subsequent
 attendances attendances attendances attendances
 seen DNA seen DNA

 All specialities 12,466,233 1,564,134 31,103,107 4,390,685

 Surgical acute 7,499,949 909,754 15,036,685 2,067,482

 Non surgical
 acute 4,023,815 516,893 12,567,803 1,740,190

 All acute 11,523,764 1,426,647 27,604,488 3,807,672

 Geriatric 113,551 11,511 361,843 44,781

 General & acute
 (acute plus
 geriatric) 11,637,315 1,438,158 27,966,331 3,852,453

 Mental illness 284,884 79,317 1,760,399 406,314

 Learning
 disabilities 7,497 851 82,731 8,136

 Maternity 536,537 45,808 1,293,646 123,782


Source: Department of Health form KH09
 Table 2: Consultant outpatient attendances by sector, England, 2001-02
April to June (Q1)

 Sector First First Subsequent Subsequent
 attendances attendances attendances attendances
 seen DNA seen DNA

 All specialties 3,020,570 366,627 7,662,744 1,081,361

 Surgical acute 1,831,144 211,465 3,723,322 519,803

 Non surgical
 acute 970,385 123,462 3,115,820 422,178

 All acute 2,801,529 334,927 6,839,142 941,981

 Geriatric 28,516 2,875 90,781 10,657

 General & acute
 (acute plus
 geriatric) 2,830,045 337,802 6,929,923 952,638

 Mental illness 65,421 18,105 406,463 98,947

 Learning
 disabilities 1,791 219 21,120 2,100

 Maternity 123,313 10,501 10,501 305,238


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