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Guide launched to aid safe discharge of older patients

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A new cross sector guide has been published to support the discharge of older patients from hospital.

The “Hospital 2 Home” resource pack was launched by health minister Norman Lamb at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Eastbourne.

It is designed to make it easier for health and social care professionals to support older patients in returning home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission.

The pack contains information, advice, case studies and checklists to help health, housing and social care professionals provide the right care for older patients.

It was produced by a task group set up by the charity Care & Repair England, with support from the government. The Royal College of Nursing worked on the project along with a range of organisations, including Age UK and the British Geriatrics Society.  

RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said: “Caring for our older people is one of the biggest and most critical issues facing healthcare.

“This pack should go some way to improving knowledge and will allow everyone involved in hospital discharge arrangements to work together and ensure older patients do not have to spend any longer in hospital than they have to.”

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