Figures show big increase in emergency admissions for dementia patientsBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m249 (Published 22 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m249
- Ingrid Torjesen
- London, UK
There has been a large rise in the number of emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia in England, with many having to remain in hospital for months because of a lack of social care support in the community, an analysis by the Alzheimer’s Society has shown.
There were 379 004 emergency admissions for people with dementia in England in 2017-18, compared with 279 265 in 2012-13 (a rise of 35%), the charity’s analysis of NHS England’s Hospital Episode Statistics dataset found.1
In 2017-18 there were 40 083 patients with dementia who remained in hospital for between a month and a year, including 412 who were in hospital for over six months.
More than half (237 881) of the 435 600 people …