Help us get patients home

Posted: September 16, 2016

What you can do to help speed up the discharge of patients well enough to leave hospital

At any one time up to around 30 of the patients in the Great Western Hospital's 450 beds which are in use on average, are well enough to leave.

Discharges can be delayed for a number of complex reasons, often in relation to on-going care needs, however we can all help to ensure patients can leave in a timely and well-planned way, helping to free up beds so staff can start treating more seriously ill patients.

  • Be involved in discussions around the patient's recovery and on-going care needs, so that arrangements can be made early on
  • Make arrangements to be available at the time of discharge
  • Make the home comfortable for the patients return
  • Arrange help around the home
  • Arrange transport and clothes to leave hospital in
  • Put the heating on if needed
  • Stock the patient's home with basic food and any medicine they might need.
  • Visit our Leaving Hospital page for useful information.

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