Hospital recovery times differ by three weeks across England

The average patient length of stay in hospital in England following standard surgery can vary by up to three weeks depending on the NHS trust, according to research.

Data supplied by NHS trusts on patients' length of stay for bowel and hip surgery shows that the length of a patient's hospital stay varies significantly depending on the hospital in which they were treated.

For example, there was a 21-day difference between the longest and shortest average length of stay following a hip replacement. A patient at the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust would spend an average fewer than five days in hospital following a hip replacement, whereas a patient in the West Middlesex University hospital would spend 26 days for the same operation.

The equivalent figure for bowel surgery was 16 days (from 11 and a half days in West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust to 28 days at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust).

The data were analysed by health data specialists Dr Foster Intelligence.

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