Increase of 19.2% leads to fears that busy NHS staff are missing warning signs
The number of patients who have to be taken back into hospital in England within 30 days rose 19.2% from 1.16 million in 2010-11 to 1.38 million in 2016-17, according to a report by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation thinktanks.
Medical leaders have voiced unease at the findings, particularly that almost 200,000 patients a year are having a second spell in hospital because staff failed to spot they had a blood clot, pneumonia or pressure sores. Researchers identified those three conditions as a source of acute concern because they are all preventable, as long as the patient receives the right care, either in or outside hospital.
The number of patients readmitted as a result of those illnesses grew over the same period, from 130,760 to 184,763 – a rise of 41.3%. Readmissions with pneumonia rose by 72.5%, while those involving pressure sores almost trebled and those for venous thromboembolism (blood clots) were up by a third.
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45