Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Concern over Older Patients; Readmission Rates Rise in Some Trusts

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Concern over Older Patients; Readmission Rates Rise in Some Trusts

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Byline: Sarah Scott? 0191 201 6273 ? sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk

ELDERLY patients in the North East could be being sent home prematurely as new research shows one in six have to undergo emergency readmissions.

Concerns have been raised as new figures revealed emergency readmission rates for people over 75 in England have doubled in the last decade.

The research, conducted by data experts Ssentif Intelligence, showed that average readmission rates for over 75s across the whole of the North East was 16.35% in 2010/2011.

Nationally, the number of over 75s in England who have to undergo emergency readmission to hospital hit 201,000 in 2010/11, according to the research.

The figure is a dramatic rise from 2001/2 when the readmission rate for this age group stood at 103,000 a year.

A concerning 16% of all over 75s need emergency readmission within 28 days of discharge, Ssentif said. It said Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust was one of three nationally which reported readmission rates of more than 20%. The trust, which provides mental health services, had a 20.6% readmission rate for 2010/2011, up 33.35% year-on-year.

Across the region, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust saw a 6.09% change from 2009/2010 to 2010/2011, with an emergency readmission rate of 17.24%.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust saw a 1.16% change from 2009/2010 to 2010/2011, with an emergency readmission rate of 16.61%.

Last night, spokesmen for the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust were unable to comment.

However, some trusts saw a fall in readmission rates. Although Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust recorded a 16.66% emergency readmission rate in 2010/2011, this was down by 0.42%.

A spokeswoman for the trust said it worked "in partnership with social care and community services to ensure that safe discharge pathways are in place" for vulnerable over 75s. …

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