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Hospital Referrals

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what information he has as to rates of patient referral to hospitals by different general practitioners; and if he will make a statement.

Surveys of out-patient referrals in a six-week period were conducted at hospital out-patient clinics throughout Wales in spring 1985, autumn 1985 and autumn 1986. The information for 1985 has been used to calculate an indicator of the referral rate for each general practice. Some practices have been made aware of their referral rates by medical officers of the regional medical service, who are based in the Welsh Office. This

Wales: Hospitals closed since 1978
Health authority/hospitalNumber of beds1Type of hospitalDate of closure
Prince Edward Memorial31Othopaedic31 May 1980
Llangwyfan201Mainly long stay7 August 1981
Chatsworth House29GP Maternity27 August 1985
Colwyn Bay Maternity12Maternity20 October 1985
Chirk226AcuteOctober 1987
East Dyfed
Cilymaenllwyd32Pre-convalescent13 January 1984
Allt-y-Mynydd46Mental handicap16 December 1986
Kensington68Long stay14 June 1978
Pembroke County War Memorial166Acute31 December 1978
St. Thomas87Partly acute31 December 1978
Snatchwood25Geriatric9 November 1980
Cefn Mably76Geriatric18 April 1983
Gors Maternity17Maternity28 November 1980
Minffordd37Acute17 July 1984
Eryri67Orthopaedic14 September 1984
Caernarvonshire and Anglesey General193Acute28 September 1984
Galltysil32Geriatric1 March 1985
Mid Glamorgan
Abertysswg12Acute28 February 1978
Merthyr General126Acute30 March 1978
Bedwellty25Geriatric24 May 1978
Glyncornel45Geriatric27 October 1979
St. Tydfils103Mainly long stay28 June 1980
Blackmill Isolation32Infectious diseases/pre-convalescent9 October 1985
Bridgend and District27Ear, nose and throat12 October 1985
Cefn Hirgoed59Mainly long stay12 October 1985
Adelina Patti63Mainly long stay25 March 1986

information by practice is not appropriate for general release, but an article giving broader figures for districts for the spring 1985 survey was published in the British Medical Journal (volume 295, 19 September 1987). Information for autumn 1986 is currently being processed and it is intended to publish results when ready at a broad level.