appointments are typically for patients who need a review after surgery, management or maintaining chronic conditions, or monitoring signs of deterioration.
In that same period, 62,000 follow-up outpatient
appointments were no-shows - 11.5% of all follow-ups scheduled by the health board.
Studies have identified inpatient facility practices related to higher rates of patients keeping follow-up outpatient appointments.
We calculated the rates for follow-up outpatient appointments held within 7 days of inpatient discharge for all facilities with at least 25 psychiatric admissions in 2004, and we selected the 10 with the highest rates and the 10 with the lowest.
Study after study abstracted in the American Medical Association's database supports Williams' assertion: Shorter hospital stays don't necessarily hurt the future health of newborns, provided they get follow-up outpatient
THE number of people waiting for follow-up outpatient appointments in hospitals has increased significantly, it has been revealed.
The chairman of the National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee, Nick Ramsay AM, added: "The Auditor General's report identifies the continued growth in the numbers of patients waiting for a follow-up outpatient appointment, and in particular those patients waiting twice as long as they should be.