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Ophthalmic Services

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 73036, tabled on 13 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people that have not attended their outpatient ophthalmology appointment since the start of 2020.

Answered on

3 August 2020

A count of outpatient appointments by ‘attend or did not attend’ type for ophthalmology in England from 1 January 2020 is provided in the following table. Data provided are not a count of individual patients as a patient may have had more than one appointment within the time period. Data for 2020 are provisional and subject to change until the finalised data are published:

Attend or did not attend’ type codes and description

January

February

March

April

May

Appointment cancelled by, or on behalf of, the patient

83,550

78,728

115,562

52,958

25,707

Did not attend – no advance warning given

63,954

54,918

61,186

20,496

17,021

Appointment cancelled or postponed by the Health Care Provider

74,745

71,466

140,989

203,933

112,541

Seen, having attended on time or, if late, before the relevant care professional was ready to see the patient

759,599

688,583

533,189

256,201

269,040

Arrived late, after the relevant care professional was ready to see the patient, but was seen

9,549

8,543

6,121

2,092

2,421

Did not attend – patient arrived late and could not be seen

522

158

205

148

127

Not known

5,031

5,199

7,969

8,729

6,354

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital