This retrospective study was conducted to identify the incidence and characteristics associated with readmissions for surgical site infections following caesarean section in a tertiary hospital from 2012 to 2015. Of 6334 patients who underwent caesarean section, 165 (2.6%) were readmitted, most commonly for surgical site infection (25.5%, n = 42). Thirty‐seven of these patients (88%) had an emergency caesarean compared to five (12%) following an elective caesarean section. Of the women with surgical site infections, 69% were overweight and 14% had diabetes. Emergency caesarean sections were responsible for the majority of readmissions, particularly in women with co‐morbidities that predisposed them to infection.