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3.2 Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital

Date Range:
01 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2019
Publication Date:
Next Publication Date:
18 Mar 2021
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Clinical Commissioning Groups


Percentage of emergency admissions to any hospital in England occurring within 30 days of the last, previous discharge from hospital after admission; indirectly standardised by age, sex, method of admission and diagnosis / procedure. Admissions for cancer and obstetrics are excluded.

Update March 2020:

There is an ongoing review by NHS Digital of emergency readmissions indicators across the frameworks, many of which until last year, had not been published since 2014. Phase one of this review was completed in early 2019 and involved the publication of two indicators : CCG Outcomes Indicator Set indicator 3.2 and NHS Outcomes Framework indicator 3b – Emergency readmissions within 30 days of discharge from hospital. This was followed by a subsequent publication in May 2019 of the Compendium emergency readmission indicators.

As part of phase two of this review we have consulted on the indicator specification and this release contains some tactical changes resulting in an update to the whole dataset. Phase two will then continue through 2020 to identify and develop the indicators further before publication in 2021.

Please see the methodological change paper and new specification, linked below, for more details.

Legacy unique identifier: P01845