Hospital discharge data

Daily returns are collected from acute trusts through the COVID-19 acute daily discharge situation report (SitRep) and include data on daily discharges from acute settings.

Note that daily data are collected on discharges from acute hospitals, and a weekly snapshot is collected for information on patients who have remained in hospital since no longer meeting the criteria to reside decision was made.

The publication contains management data which has been set up for COVID-19 incident management and collected on a rapid turn-round basis from the NHS. The speed of the collection only permits minimal validation to be undertaken but the data is considered ‘fit-for-purpose’ as NHS management information.


Background and Scope

The published data include daily numbers of patients:

  • Who no longer meet the criteria to reside;
  • Discharged by 17:00 or between 17:01 and 23:59;
  • Not discharged by the end of the day.

And a weekly snapshot of:

  • Number of additional days in total patients have remained in hospital since no longer meeting the criteria to reside decision was made (7+ days, 14+ days, and 21+ days length of stay);

Data are shown at regional, system and provider organisation level.

This SitRep collects data for all inpatients 18 and over including critical care and COVID-19 positive patients but excluding paediatrics, maternity, and deceased patients. This includes data for acute trusts with a type 1 A&E department. Mental Health Trusts, specialised Trusts (including Children’s and Women’s Trusts) are not in scope of this collection.



Monthly publication

April 2022: Daily-discharge-sitrep-monthly-data-webfile-April2022

May 2022: Daily-discharge-sitrep-monthly-data-webfile-May2022

June 2022: Daily-discharge-sitrep-monthly-data-webfile-June2022

Note: the April-June files were updated in July 2022 due to an error affecting the 21+ columns at trust level in table 3.

July 2022: Daily-discharge-sitrep-monthly-data-webfile-July2022

August 2022: Daily-discharge-sitrep-monthly-data-webfile-August2022

Pre-release access list

Pre-release access list August 2022



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