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Data set

3b Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital

This data set is part of

Date range:
01 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2018
Publication date:
Next publication date:
27 Feb 2020
Geographic coverage:
Geographical granularity:
Country, Local Authorities, Regions, Deprivation


This indicator measures the percentage of admissions of people who returned to hospital as an emergency within 30 days of the last time they left hospital after a stay. Admissions for cancer and obstetrics are excluded as they may be part of the patient’s care plan.

This indicator aims to measure the success of the NHS in helping people to recover effectively from illnesses or injuries. If a person does not recover well, it is more likely that they will require hospital treatment again within the 30 days following their previous admission. Thus, readmissions are widely used as an indicator of the success of healthcare in helping people to recover.

There is an ongoing review by NHS Digital of emergency readmissions indicators across the frameworks, many of which have not been published since 2014. Phase one of this review involved the publication of two indicators on March 21 2019; CCG Outcomes Indicator Set indicator 3.2 and NHS Outcomes Framework indicator 3b – Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital. This will be followed by the publication of Compendium emergency readmissions indicators in April / May 2019.

Phase two of the review will involve a full review of the indicator to address known issues and refine the methodology, this will include input from external parties.

During the review the data for this indicator is desinated as Experimental Statistics.

Legacy unique identifier: P01758