"The trolleys move into many different positions and the patient will find they are in a sitting position when they are ready to move into the discharge lounge
Wrexham Maelor Hospital has had to introduce major innovations to keep up with the rising numbers of elderly needing treatment, including an outpatient service, a rapid response team and a discharge lounge
In addition, much better use was being made of the discharge lounge
, where patients go to wait for their lifts home, freeing up beds."
The 13-bed observation ward was full, there were six people in the waiting room and one in the discharge lounge
Its opening comes soon after the creation of a discharge lounge
with a TV and tea-making facilities.
Three staff nurses and two discharge lounge
assistants will be on hand in the unit to provide care.
The CHC is making recommendations including opening day wards at weekends, noting staff comments, providing porter and wheelchair assistance for arriving patients and providing an assistance-call facility for patients waiting in the discharge lounge
The "discharge lounge
" would be suitably staffed and with "appropriate" facilities, and situated in the day room of the present Care of the Elderly Wards 1 and 2.
And a discharge lounge
for patients leaving hospital means beds will be left free for new patients.