MISSED APPOINTMENTS statistics
Derriford Hospital figures show 29,269 outpatients appointments were missed out of 498,753 in 2011/12 – a rate of almost 5.9 cent.
Numbers dropped from 30,491 out of 487,994 in 2010/11 – a rate of 6.25 per cent.
Nationally, patients missed 5.5 million hospital appointments last year, according to Department of Health figures published this week.
The figure was more than 10 per cent of outpatient appointments – ie planned appointments where patients do not have to be admitted to hospital overnight.
Derriford bosses said they could not calculate exactly how much missed appointments cost the hospital last year.
It has been reported nationally that missed appointments cost between £60 and £120 in lost revenue – equating to an estimated bill of up to £3.5million for Plymouth Hospitals.