Reduction in Delayed Discharges03/04/20
Efforts to reduce delayed discharges in Dundee hospitals are freeing up vital space on wards during the Coronavirus outbreak.
It has been revealed that, as of today, there were no patients in delay in Ninewells Hospital, and only a small number in Royal Victoria.
Staff from the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership were today praised for their essential work supporting people leaving hospital wards.
Delayed discharge occurs when a patient is clinically ready to leave hospital but cannot because the necessary care, support or accommodation is not in place.
As the pandemic places increasing pressure on hospitals, the city’s health and social care partnership has been focused on making appropriate arrangements for those who are well enough to be discharged.
A Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership spokesperson said: “The current situation is putting a significant strain on our local and national health and care systems.
“We’ve continued to put a focus on reducing delayed discharge to ensure that beds in city hospitals are freed up for those who urgently need them.
“Although health and social care in community settings is under considerable pressure we are still managing to ensure packages are in place to support discharge.
“This could not have been achieved without the dedication of our local teams, who are working tirelessly to support service users during this incredibly challenging period.”
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