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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Delayed discharge figures are almost static since last year despite Government promises to end the practice.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: "Delayed discharge is frustrating for the patient, their relatives and our clinical teams.
A delayed discharge means a patient is well enough to be allowed to leave hospital but cannot due to several reasons.
Nick Barker, a director at Cera Care, which released the data, said: "Delayed discharge from hospital is a challenge for the NHS and can mean an unnecessarily long stay in hospital for patients."
Mr Leonard has also slammed the Scottish Government for failing to keep its promise of eradicating delayed discharge.
NHS Lanarkshire was below NHS Lothian, which spent PS30.66 million on delayed discharge and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde which recorded a figure of PS14.98 million.
New figures have revealed that the region's health board paid out over PS3 million as a result of delayed discharge across Dumfries and Galloway.
THE National Food Authority (NFA) has resumed selling cheap rice in three provinces but not yet in Metro Manila and Central Luzon, due to delayed discharge of imports caused by bad weather.
Working with boards there has been a real focus in recent years on making accident and emergency departments as streamlined as possible, and reducing delayed discharge further along the chain.
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.