A monthly report summarising data on activity and performance in the Welsh NHS. It includes the latest available monthly information plus a summary of long term trends.
The number of emergency ambulance calls has been rising steadily for many years with clear peaks in the winter months. December 2016 saw the highest number of calls received. A&E attendances, in contrast, are generally higher in the summer months, with a slowly increasing trend over the last few years.The number of referrals for a first outpatient appointment has increased slightly in recent years. In terms of scheduled care, the number of patient pathways closed per month varies throughout the year with the numbers tending to be lower in December whilst there are increasing numbers of referrals confirmed as urgent suspected cancer.
Referral to treatment times (RTT), diagnostic waiting times, urgent cancer waits and waiting times for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have all shown improvement over the shorter term. The number of people waiting over 8 weeks for a diagnostic test was its lowest since June 2011. However, the targets for scheduled and unscheduled care continue to be missed.The ambulance target was met for March 2017 and has been since its introduction under the new clinical model in October 2015.
Median waiting times were broadly unchanged from the previous month across all services. The number of delayed transfers of care remains close to record lows, although it is up a little over the month.