Median length of stay for Covid-19 hospital patients in 2020


Published: 26/02/2021


Median has been used instead of the average, because the data is skewed with some very, very long stay patients, so the median is a better measure.

Covid-19 discharges were defined as any discharge from hospital where a diagnosis code of “U071” or “U072” had been recorded at any point during the hospital stay.

Same day discharges had a length of stay of zero.


Hospital Episode Statistics data (year range 2019/20 to 2020/21) Copyright © 2020, re-used with the permission of NHS Digital. All rights reserved.