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Hospital episode statistics: emergency readmissions within 28 days of discharge

 

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Hospital episode statistics: emergency readmissions within 28 days of discharge

These emergency readmission indicators provide information to help the NHS monitor success in avoiding (or reducing to a minimum) readmission following discharge from hospital.

Not all emergency readmissions are likely to be part of the originally planned treatment and some may be potentially avoidable. The NHS may be helped to prevent potentially avoidable readmissions by seeing comparative figures and learning lessons from organisations with low readmission rates.

The indicators presented measure emergency admissions to hospitals in England occurring within 28 days of the last, previous discharge from hospital.