Hospital Activity

Monthly and quarterly activity collections contain different data items covering the same general topic area – hospital inpatient and outpatient activity. The main differences are that the quarterly data covers all specialties but only looks at elective activity whereas monthly data focuses on General & Acute and shows the split between elective and non-elective data and the elective split between ordinary admissions and day cases.

A consultation on the Monthly and Quarterly Activity Returns closed on 5 April 2018. More information, including the outcome of this consultation is available at:

Monthly Activity data items

Inpatients (G&A FFCEs only)
Elective ordinary
Elective day cases
Elective ordinary planned
Elective day case planned
NHS treatment centres
Total non-elective

Outpatients (G&A only)
GP written referrals made
GP written referrals seen
Other referrals made
All 1st outpatient attendances

Outpatients (all specialties)
GP written referrals made
GP written referrals seen

Link to Monthly Hospital Activity page

Quarterly Activity data items

Inpatients (electives only)
Decisions to admit
Patients admitted
Patients failed to attend
Removals other than admissions

Number of GP written referrals
Number of other referrals
1st attendances seen
1st attendances did not attend
Subsequent attendances seen
Subsequent attendances did not attend

All data items relate to all specialties

Link to Quarterly Hospital Activity page


Contact Us

For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:

Performance Analysis Team (National)
NHS England and NHS Improvement
Room 5E15
Quarry House
Leeds LS2 7UE
Great Britain