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Hospital discharge scheme is a success

Author: Andrew Foster Published: 13th March 2014 08:37

A scheme which aims to move patients who might need continuing support out of hospital quicker is proving successful.

The discharge to assess scheme is helping those who might need continuing support leave hospitals earlier by arranging a care package to support them at home so that the Continuing Health Care assessment takes place in the patient's own environment, providing a much clearer picture of the patient's needs. This means hospital beds will be utilised for those requiring hospital care, and not by those requiring on going assessments.

Dr Rick Byrne, Clinical Director for Long Term Conditions at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We have found that patients who might need continuing support often have to wait in hospital longer than necessary to receive their assessment.

"By moving them home when they are ready to be discharged from hospital, not only frees hospital beds for patients that need them, it also benefits the patient themselves as often we see patients health improve further once they are back in the comfort of their own home.

"They are then given appropriate support at home until a full assessment can take place and longer term care package implemented. We have found some patients have improved significantly enough from being out of hospital that they no longer need on-going support."

The discharge to assess scheme has been commissioned by NHS Corby and NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Groups and is being implemented by Kettering General Hospital, Northampton General Hospital and Independent Community Care Management.

All patients are reviewed by the hospital discharge teams to ensure they are ready and safe to leave hospital before they are discharged.

The discharge to assess scheme is just one of a number of pilots which have been funded this winter to try and alleviate the pressure on both Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals.

Patient in their own home 

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