We do all we can to ensure our patients can be
discharged home before lunchtime.
Leaving hospital before midday and as soon as patients are well
enough, aims to reduce unnecessary delays, aid a speedier recovery
and improve the patient experience.
It also helps us to free up beds so staff can start treating
more seriously ill patients.
Leaving hospital earlier in the day is also safer and more
convenient. Patients are likely to feel more awake, they can leave
in day light and shops, pharmacies and other services are open.
No one wants to be in hospital for longer than they need to be
and Home for Lunch is part of our work to ensure patients can leave
hospital in a timely, comfortable and well planned way, when they
no longer need this level of care.
We work hard to ensure everything is ready for when the patient
is well enough to leave and there is lots we can do in advance.
This includes agreeing an estimated date of discharge and
identifying any health or social care support the patient might
need when they are well enough to leave.
We will also involve family, friends or carers in discussions
around the patient's recovery and on-going care needs, so that
arrangements can be made early on to support the patient when they
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