Emergency readmissions

Emergency readmissions have been proposed as a measure of adverse hospital outcomes for some time. There is now a realisation that community services and social care play significant roles in providing the right reablement, rehabilitation and intermediate care services to support individuals to return home or regain their independence.

How many discharges from hospital result in emergency admissions within 30 days?

The percentage of emergency readmissions within 30 days has increase in England between 2002/03 and 2010/11, although this appears to be plateauing between 2010/11 and 2011/12. The national increase observed is replicated universally across all regions: The smallest increase was in the East Midlands from 10.1% to 11.6% and the greatest was in London from 8.9% to 12.1% (data not shown). Despite being part of the NHS Outcomes Framework, the latest published data for this indicator only cover the period to 2011/12.

About this data

This indicator measures the percentage of admissions of people who returned to hospital as an emergency within 30 days of the last time they left hospital after a stay. Technical definition: Indirectly standardised percentage of emergency admissions to any hospital in England occurring within 30 days of the last, previous discharge after admission. Admissions for cancer and obstetrics are excluded. For full technical specification please see NHS Digital Indicator Portal Specification


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