patient self Discharge

Alison Stevens made this Freedom of Information request to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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Dear University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, please answer the following questions relating to this freedom of information request
How many patients have self discharged from all hospital wards including a and e in the past 6 calendar nonths?

Please also supply me with the trust's policy document with reference to self discharge.

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens please

FOI - Freedom of Information, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

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Corporate and Legal Affairs – Trust Administration


Our Reference: HS/FOI/19127


5 August 2014


Alison Stevens

[1][FOI #219710 email]



Dear Ms Stevens


Request for Information


Thank you for your request for information, as received via email on 10
July 2014.   For information, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS
Trust (UHL) is one of the largest and busiest NHS teaching Trusts in the
country incorporating Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital and
Leicester Royal Infirmary.  The three hospitals are staffed by around
10,000 people serving around one million people across Leicester,
Leicestershire and Rutland, and a further two to three million people from
the rest of the UK who come to us for the specialist services we provide. 
During 2013/14, Leicester’s Hospitals treated 1,194,000 patients (or 3,271
patients per day).


Following discussion with colleagues in the Trust’s Strategy Directorate, I
confirm that the Trust holds information covered by your request.  Your request
is set out in bold below, followed by the Trust’s response:-


How many patients have self discharged from all hospital wards including A
and E in the past 6 calendar months ?


Please also supply me with the Trust's policy document with reference to self


The table below shows the number of inpatients and ED attendees who have
self-discharged during the period January – June 2014. I am advised that
for ED attenders, this is coded as ‘leaving without being seen’.  The
table also provides contextual information on the number of overall
inpatients and A&E arrivals for the same period.


January 2014 – June 2014

Total Total
Inpatients - Self A&E - Left
or Relative Inpatient without Being A&E
Discharge Count Admissions to Seen Count Arrivals
1,095 70,748 955 66036



A copy of the Trust’s Discharge Policy is attached as requested – this
also covers self-discharge.


I hope that this response is satisfactory and provides you with the
information requested (where available). If you require any further
assistance please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are dissatisfied
with the Trust’s response, you can contact the Director of Corporate and
Legal Affairs on Tel. No. 0116 258 8615 to request a copy of UHL’s Freedom
of Information Act complaints procedure.


In the event that you remain dissatisfied with the way in which the Trust
has handled any complaint that you may wish to make, we would advise you
of your right to complain to the Information Commissioner at the
Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.


We must advise you that where we have provided information we have done so
subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005.  Accordingly you must not re-use this information
without having the consent of the Trust.  Where the Trust is prepared to
provide its consent then it may levy a charge for doing so. Should you
wish to re-use documents provided then you must make your request in
writing stating your name and your address for correspondence together
with the document that you wish to re-use and the purpose for which the
information is to be re-used.


Yours sincerely,



Helen Stokes

Senior Trust Administrator

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Tel: 0116 258 8590


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