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13,000 missed hospital trips at Airedale
2:38pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Nearly 13,000 patients missed hospital appointments at Airedale Hospital last year, costing the trust more than £1 million.
A Freedom of Information request showed 12,871 appointments were missed at the Steeton hospital in 2012.
It was a slight increase on the 2011 figure when the total stood at 12,527.
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust estimates the cost of missed appointments in 2012 was about £1,264,749 Andrew Catto, executive medical director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said rolling out a text reminder service across its outpatients clinics had made sure the level of its missed appointments remained stable.
He said: “Most of our consultant appointments now use the reminder service. We would also like to thank the majority of patients who do attend their appointments with us.”
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