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Emergency readmissions are highest in patients discharged at weekends

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5241 (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5241
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The chances of needing emergency readmission to hospital are higher among patients who are discharged over the weekend than those sent home during the week, experimental figures have shown.

Data from 2014 collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)1 showed that the rate of emergency readmissions within seven days of discharge increased over the week, from a low of 3.6% on Mondays and Tuesdays to 4.8% on Saturdays and 5.8% on Sundays.

But wide variation occurred across trusts. The highest readmission rate after a …

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