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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