Table 3 Comparison of length of stay, proportion of patients discharged within 24 h of first PTWR and readmissions within 30 days with nature of first consultant review
CharacteristicRespiratory group ANon-specialist group BWeekend group C
CAP cohortn = 123n = 174n = 129
Median LOS in days1.74*3.03*2.70*
IQR0.97–4.091.12–6.231.31–5.38
% Discharged within 24 h43.131.922.5
Readmissions within 30 days (%)5 (4.1)7 (4.0)6 (4.7)
Cellulitis cohortn = 229n = 428n = 278
Median LOS in days2.862.612.82
IQR1.32–6.161.11–6.071.20–5.99
% Discharged within 24 h24.931.526.3
Readmissions within 30 days (%)8 (3.5)15 (3.5)18** (6.5)
  • Group A, first seen by a respiratory physician; group B, first seen by a non-respiratory physician; group C, seen on a Saturday or Sunday PTWR.

  • *p<0.01 Kruskal–Wallis test. **p<0.05 χ2 test.

  • CAP, community-acquired pneumonia; LOS, length of stay; IQR, interquartile range; PTWR, post-take ward round.