delayed discharge

delayed discharge

An NHS term for the continued occupation of a hospital bed after an inpatient’s ready-for-discharge date during the same episode of inpatient care, which occurs when a discharge from hospital/significant facility in the UK has been approved—e.g., the patient no longer requires acute medical care and is clinically ready to move to a more appropriate setting (patient’s home, nursing home, etc.)—but cannot for various reasons. 

Reasons for delayed discharge
Social care, healthcare, or patient/carer/family-related reasons.
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The number of hospital beds lost to delayed discharge in Glasgow has nearly halved compared to the period heading into winter last year, Health Secretary Shona Robison said today.
In January, the Scottish Government announced a PS100million investment over three years to help tackle delayed discharge.
DELAYED discharge patients are taking up 430 beds in Dublin hospitals, forcing the bed blocker issue to crisis point.
In a joint statement, Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Calderdale CCG chiefs Carol McKenna and Dr Matt Walsh said: "There is a great deal of worK taKing place across health and social care to looK at the issue of delayed discharge from hospital and bring about improvements.
Delayed discharge occurs when someone is physically able to leave hospital, but has nowhere to go or no one to look after them.
She said it was a huge shame they could shut at a time when it was revealed that hospitals in Anglesey and Gwynedd lost 5,984 bed days due to delayed discharge last year.
This complication is currently treated with systemic drug delivery and requires increased patient monitoring and results in delayed discharge from the hospital.
For example, delayed discharge from acute rehabilitation following SCI due to the lack of wheelchair accessible housing is costly to the individual and the rehabilitation hospital.
It's called delayed discharge and the SNP Government have made a commitment to abolish it by the end of the year.
This year s funding, which comes to around Au55 million in total, will help target improving A&E waiting times and patient flow through hospital as well as tackling delayed discharge which we know create additional challenges over the winter months.
These delayed discharge days cost the NHS an estimated PS11.
The second highest case in the two counties, where hospitals lost 5,984 bed days due to delayed discharge last year, was 636 days and the third 282.