What is known?
The clinical profile of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 is now well established but this is the first report on infected patients discharged from ED.
What is the question?
Was our discharge policy too aggressive and what were the early and late complications of the disease after discharge?
What was found?
One in five patients returned to hospital within a fortnight and one in three required review at 6 weeks.
What is the implication for practice now?
A liberal discharge policy is safe provided early hospital review is easily available and a late review clinic can manage patients with persistent symptoms.