Ophthalmic Services: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average unit cost of a first outpatient paediatric ophthalmology appointment was in 2014-15.

Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time for an outpatient paediatric ophthalmology appointment was in 2014-15.

Photo of Siobhain McDonagh Siobhain McDonagh Labour, Mitcham and Morden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many outpatient paediatric ophthalmology appointments were (a) cancelled and (b) missed because the patient did not attend in 2014-15.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information is shown in the following table.

Information on outpatient paediatric ophthalmology appointments in 2014-15

Median waiting time in days for a first appointment1

53 days

Number of appointments that were cancelled by the hospital

36,533

Number of appointments that were cancelled by the patient

33,448

Number of appointments that the patient did not attend

65,436

National average unit cost of a first appointment2

£118

Sources:

Hospital episode statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre

Reference costs, Department of Health

Notes:

1Waiting time is defined as the time in days between the date the referral request was received and the date of the first appointment, whether it was attended or not.

2Defined as a consultant-led single-professional first appointment. Separate data are collected are collected on non-consultant-led, multi-professional, and follow-up appointments.

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