Hospitals: Admissions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients stayed at an NHS hospital in England for seven days or longer in 2017.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Information is shown in the following table which is a count of finished discharged episodes (FDEs)1 with a spell duration2 of seven days or longer in National Health Service hospitals for the financial year 2016-17.

This is a count of hospital episodes, not individual patients, as the same person may have been admitted into an NHS hospital on more than one occasion.

Year

Total FDEs

2016-17

1,596,412

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. A FDE indicates whether the episode is a finished discharge episode (whether the patient was discharged at the end of the episode).
  2. The difference in days between the admission date and the discharge date, where both dates are given.

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