Patients fail to attend hospital
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.