bed blocking

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bed blocking

The inability to use a designated hospital bed to admit a new patient, because the bed’s current occupant cannot be discharged.
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The hospital has set up a rapid response team which can swoop on the medical unit and quickly treat and discharge patients to home or into more appropriate care, preventing bed blockages, and a ``buddies'' scheme where volunteers take patients home from hospital.
There were bed blockages last year in the city's hospitals, and they said there were not enough beds in the community.