NHS Digital releases new emergency readmissions for hospitals stats

New experimental statistics have been released by NHS Digital, showing emergency readmissions for hospitals in England between 2013/14 and 2017/18.

These figures show that emergency readmissions nationally have increased by 1.3 percentage points from 12.5% in 2013/14 to 13.8% in 2017/18.  These are based on ordinary general hospital admissions with cancer and obstetrics spells excluded.

The data also shows that emergency readmissions range from 14.9% in the most deprived areas to 12.7% in the least deprived areas.

The new data can be found in the CCG Outcomes Indicator Set  and the NHS Outcomes Framework and show the percentage of emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital, including breakdowns by Clinical Commissioning Group, deprivation quintile and gender.

This latest release of readmissions data is classed as experimental, to provide information on emergency readmissions whilst the indicators undergo further development work.

The national data in this indicator is available for comparisons over time4.  The other geographical breakdowns can be used to compare across the country for any given year, but not over time. 

This is because the regional and local readmission indicators are indirectly standardised by age, gender, method of admissions and diagnosis/procedure for each reporting year, to allow for the differing casemix of each geographical breakdown.

Read the full report CCG Outcomes Indicator Set