bed-blocking


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bed-blocking

The use of hospital beds by elderly patients who cannot leave hospital because they are unfit to look after themselves and have no place in a residential care home.
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Scottish Labour's health spokesman Anas Sarwar added that the bed-blocking stats were the result of a "complete and utter shambles by the SNP".
The review into how the NHS can save cash found bed-blocking - which occurs when patients are medically fit to leave but care has not yet been organised in the community - is a bigger problem for NHS hospitals than previously thought.
FUNDING of PS471,414 to reduce bed-blocking, improve community care and reduce the length of hospital stays includes: PS150,000 for Hospital at Night practitioners; ?
"Bed-blocking is not only an extremely costly problem for the NHS, it is also has a very negative impact on the independence of vulnerable older patients in particular.
There are a handful of examples across the country where the law has been used by hospitals in cases of bed-blocking, but health chiefs said it only happens when a care home place has been offered, but the patient's family refuse to accept it.
Bed-blocking, also called delayed discharges, is when healthy and mainly elderly patients are stuck for months in a hospital bed because social services has nowhere for them to go, or has not arranged a care package.
We are informed that "bed-blocking" is caused by patients who are healthy enough to leave hospital, but whose departure is delayed by the time it takes to arrange for care in their own homes, admittance to residential Care Homes, etc.
The majority of these cases were recorded in acute hospitals, where bed-blocking has risen by more than 27 per cent.
Bed-blocking costs the NHS pounds 170m a year, but MPs and charities for the elderly have warned that the introduction of fines for councils is unlikely to improve the situation.
Labour highlighted the shocking figures as they accused Nicola Sturgeon of failing to get to grips with the NHS bed-blocking crisis.
Welsh Government statistics show that 469 patients were victims of delayed transfers of care, commonly known as "bed-blocking", in January - an increase of 67 on December and 86 up on January 2014.