The last thing you want when you are finally discharged from hospital is an emergency readmission - that is significantly more distressing for a patient than being kept in until they are actually well enough to leave.
We trust our medical professionals to tell us when is the right time to go home and however keen we might be to get back to our own space, we should not be discharged early when it is to our detriment.
- In 2016/17 there were 529,318 emergency readmissions reported by 84 hospital trusts - The number of emergency readmissions had risen by 23% over the past four years to 457,880 - One in five of the readmissions were with 48 hours of discharge - There was a 29% rise in people being readmitted within 24 hours The rise in the readmission rate outstrips the overall rise in hospital admissions, which stands at 9% over the period. In total, there were 16.5 million admissions last year, suggesting that close to one in 20 patients in hospital may be a readmission. Hospitals are under pressure to bring down the number of delays in freeing up hospital beds because of rising waiting lists for operations and increasing delays in A&E.