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Health Secretary calls for swifter discharges as figures reveal wide variations.

FIGURES from the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement yesterday revealed wide variations in the average length of time patients stay in for particular treatments:

There is a range of between 10.9 days in the top 10 NHS trusts to 44.5 days in the lowest performing trusts for the average length of stay for patients with a broken hip.

Range of between 7.4 days in the top 10 trusts to 29 days in the lowest for average length of stay for hip replacement

Range of between 13 days in the top 10 trusts to 55 days in the lowest for average length of stay for an acute stroke.

Netween 6.4 days in the top 10 trusts to 20 days in the lowest pfor average length of stay for knee replacement.

Visiting examples of best practice in Liverpool, Stoke and Manchester, Mrs Hewitt urged hospitals across the country to reduce the length of stay for patients after operations.

She called for the discharge process to be improved so patients go home when they are ready, not when the system is ready, in a bid to improve patient care and save money.

"The NHS is treating more people more quickly than ever before, but there are still parts of the system that can and should be far more efficient in speeding up the patient journey," she said.
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Date:Apr 5, 2006
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