Table 2

Proportion of patients offered a neurology appointment following the acute admission according to whether or not they were current attenders at the specialist neurology clinic

Group A
Current attenders (n=3066)
Range of means across hospitalsGroup B
No recent OPD (n=5806)
Range of means across hospitals
Mean age (years (SD))4744–5059*54–64
Sex (% male)55.644–5755.942–59
Mean IMD rank97735689–20 52911 296*5386–19 765
Mean length of stay (days)4.63.0–6.26.2*3.7–7.7
Mean number of ED attendances in the year preceding the acute admission3.62.6–4.42.6*0.9–4.4
Discharged to nursing home (%)3.50–5.39.0*0–11.7
Died in hospital (%)1.00–2.13.7*1.5–5
Mean number of ED attendances in the year following the acute admission2.61.6–4.02.0*1.6–4.0
Mean yearly readmission rate (%)43.229–44.631.9*20.8–33.4
Patients offered specialist clinic within 2 weeks (%) (SD)11 (3)4–152 (1)*1–2
Patients offered specialist clinic within 3 months (%) (SD)48 (7)37–6211 (2)*9–14
Patients offered specialist clinic within 12 months (%) (SD)78 (8)62–9021 (4)*17–27
  • Mean data for 5 years for region as a whole and then the range across individual hospitals.

  • *Group B is significantly different (p<0.01) to Group A.

  • Group B is significantly different from Group A for all variables except gender.

  • ED, emergency department; IMD, Index of Multiple Deprivation; OPD, outpatient department.