Pa­tients fail to at­tend hos­pi­tal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than 300 peo­ple failed to turn up for five or more ap­point­ments at Buckinghamshire hos­pi­tals last year.

A to­tal of 309 pa­tients did not at­tend five or more ar­ranged ap­point­ments in 2015/16 at hos­pi­tals, al­though this was down from 387 in 2014/15.

Over­all 28,905 pa­tients across the area failed to at­tend at least one ap­point­ment in 2015/16, down from 29,607 in 2014/15.

Most peo­ple missed just one ap­point­ment, but in 2015/16, 432 missed four and 1,413 missed three.

Across Bri­tain, 154,000 peo­ple did not at­tend five or more ap­point­ments in 2015/16, al­though this was down slightly from 159,000 in 2014/15.

Over­all 5.63m peo­ple across Bri­tain failed to at­tend at least one hos­pi­tal ap­point­ment in 2015/16, up from 5.6m in 2014/15.

This in­cluded 4m who did not at­tend one ap­point­ment, up from 3.9m, 1.02m who did not at­tend two ap­point­ments, 335,000 who did not at­tend three ap­point­ments.

There were 143,700 peo­ple who failed to at­tend four ap­point­ments in 2015/16, up 3.5% from the 138,900 who did not at­tend in 2014/15.

One pa­tient at South War­wick­shire’s hos­pi­tals failed to at­tend 21 ap­point­ments in 2014/15, as did one in 2014/15 and one in 2015/16 at Lon­don North West’s hos­pi­tals.

Na­tional guid­ance states that if a pa­tient misses two ap­point­ments they should be dis­charged from the rel­e­vant ser­vice back to the care of their re­fer­rer. There are ex­cep­tions for ap­point­ments for chil­dren where it is at the clin­i­cian/ ser­vice’s dis­cre­tion to of­fer ad­di­tional ap­point­ments.

The fig­ures come from Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests to hos­pi­tal trusts and health boards across Bri­tain. Five hos­pi­tal trusts or health boards failed to an­swer the re­quest.

The fig­ures cover pa­tients who did not at­tend ar­ranged ap­point­ments, and failed to con­tact the hos­pi­tal far enough in ad­vance to can­cel or re­ar­range.

Fig­ures are for the to­tal num­ber of ap­point­ments missed for each pa­tient in a year and cover first as well as sub­se­quent ap­point­ments across all de­part­ments of the hos­pi­tal.

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