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NHS SOS: 6,000 patients are being readmitted to hospital in an emergency, NHS figures show

October 13, 2019 2:20 PM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

NHS SOS: 6,000 patients are being readmitted to hospital in an emergency, NHS figures show

The number of people being readmitted to hospital in an emergency in Wolverhampton is over 6,000, NHS figures show.

Patients are being sent home to care for themselves too soon in order to free up beds for others, Wolverhampton Liberal Democrats have claimed today. The warning is the latest part of the parties NHS SOS campaign to defend and extend health services in the city.

Hundreds of thousands of patients were readmitted to hospital as an emergency last year within 28 days of being discharged.

The data shows that 359 young people were readmitted, and 5,677 adults were taken back into hospital.

All this, the Liberal Democrats believe shows more burden being placed on an already-stretched health force.

The trust released the data as part of their 'Quality Account, for 2018/19. The Quality Account is a report about the quality of services provided by an NHS healthcare service.

A hospital readmission is an episode when a patient who had been discharged from a hospital is admitted again within a specified time interval. Readmission rates have increasingly been used as an outcome measure in health services research and as a quality benchmark for health systems.

The trust stated in the report that to try and rectify the situation they will continue to work with local residential and nursing homes with regards transfer of patients back to their care and strengthening discharge planning at pre-operative assessment and at the point of admission.

Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat campaigner Leyla Abbes said:

"These figures show the impact that a lack of beds and social care is having on emergency departments.

"Many patients have to be unnecessarily readmitted as they do not have the assistance they need to look after themselves after they have been discharged.

"It also looks like the lack of beds means that some patients may be discharged too soon. It just becomes a vicious cycle that puts even more strain on our creaking NHS."

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Notes to editors - The Quality Account report can be found here: https://www.royalwolverhampton.nhs.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=11683 The relevant section is on page 77-78 of the document.