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Hospitals: Admissions

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) between 45 and 55, (b) between 55 and 65 and (c) 65 years and over were readmitted to hospital within three days of being discharged in the latest period for which figures are available. (298666)

Information routinely available from the compendium of clinical and health indicators is limited to information on emergency readmissions 28 days after discharge from hospital. A special analysis of data on emergency readmission rates was published by the Department in October 2008 and a copy has been placed in the Library. This shows that in 2006-07, the last year for which data were then available, 43,560 patients were readmitted as emergency readmissions within one day of discharge (14.9 per cent, of all emergency readmissions) and 104,255 within two to seven days of discharge (35.6 per cent.). An analysis by age group is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 85 years and over in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber strategic health authority who had at least one emergency readmission to hospital in (i) 1997, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2007 and (iv) the latest year for which information is available; (298145)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority who had at least one emergency readmission to hospital in (i) 1997, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2007 and (iv) the last year for which information is available;

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 60 years and over in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority who had at least one emergency re-admission to hospital in (i) 1997, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2007 and (iv) the last year for which information is available.

The information available, based on information provided by the national centre for health outcomes development, is set out in the following table. Information on the number of people who have experienced at least one emergency readmission (as opposed to the total number of emergency readmissions), and information for the precise age groups requested, is not available and could not be obtained at proportionate cost.

Emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days of discharge from hospital (excluding cancer, maternity and mental health patients)

Age group

0-15 years

16-74 years

75+ years

All ages

FY

1998-99

2003-04

2007-08

1998-99

2003-04

2007-08

1998-99

2003-04

2007-08

1998-99

2003-04

2008-08

England

60,531

62,721

77,631

204,905

243,316

309,589

94,283

123,769

159,134

359,719

429,806

546,354

Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority

7,057

7,196

7,400

26,878

28,803

33,240

12,285

15,052

17,339

46,220

51,051

57,979

Notes:

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care. © Crown Copyright.

Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators/Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base (www.nchod.nhs.uk)

Source:

Hospital Episodes Statistics NCHOD FY vFeb 2009 (Extracts may only be reproduced by permission.)