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Dementia: Health Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 51199, tabled on 31 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average length of stay in hospital for people with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia in each of the last three years.

Answered on

7 November 2016

NHS Digital has collected and reported data on the average length of inpatient stay, for all providers in England, for the years 2012-13 to 2014-15. The information requested is set out in the following tables A to C:

Table A: Average length of inpatient stay of patients with Alzheimer’s disease reported as primary condition in England for the years specified.

Alzheimer’s disease

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Average Length of Stay (Days)

60

54

49

Table B: Average length of inpatient stay of patients with dementia as primary condition in England for the years specified.

Dementia

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Average Length of Stay (Days)

42

35

32

Table C: Average length of inpatient stay of patients with dementia in Alzheimer’s in England for the years specified.

Dementia in Alzheimer’s

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Average Length of Stay (Days)

64

53

52

This third table, ‘Dementia in Alzheimer’s’ includes episodes of care already counted with a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer’s as well as those with Alzheimer’s as a secondary diagnosis to dementia.

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics, NHS Digital