Waiting Time Calculations for QM08 and QM08R
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The following table provides a comparison of the waiting time calculations for Central Returns QM08 and QM08R. The coverage of the returns is for PATIENTS waiting for a first OUT-PATIENT APPOINTMENT CONSULTANT. Key parts of the central returns focus on the sub-set of these PATIENTS that were referred by GENERAL PRACTITIONERS.
|Waiting Time Event||Calculation needed for QM08 and QM08R|
|Start of waiting time.||The waiting time starts from the date on which the original provider received the referral request, the ORIGINAL REFERRAL REQUEST RECEIVED DATE|
|PATIENT offered an APPOINTMENT DATE but refuses.||As with the inpatient returns, so long as the offer was a reasonable one (sufficient amount of notice and taking into account personal circumstances) this counts as a 'self-deferral'. The out-patient waiting time is reset to zero, and starts again from the APPOINTMENT DATE the PATIENT refused.|
|PATIENT offered an APPOINTMENT DATE but does not attend.||Once again this is a 'self-deferral'. The Out-patient waiting time is reset to zero, and starts again from the APPOINTMENT DATE the PATIENT refused.|
|PATIENT offered an APPOINTMENT DATE, but the provider cancels this.||This has no affect on the waiting time - i.e. it should continue from the ORIGINAL REFERRAL REQUEST RECEIVED DATE.|
|Organisational change (e.g. Trusts merge)||The waiting time is unaffected - i.e. it should continue from the date the ORIGINAL REFERRAL REQUEST RECEIVED DATE.|
|End of waiting time.||The PATIENT is removed from out-patient Waiting list on the ATTENDANCE DATE when the PATIENT was seen.|