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Making nurse-led discharge work to improve patient care

The importance of nurse-led discharge has been highlighted in government plans to overhaul the NHS discharge process (Chatterjee, 2004). The new guidance recommends that in the case of simple discharges, which make up approximately 80 per cent of discharges, nurses are the appropriate health care professionals to undertake the process. It also recommends the involvement of nurses in discharging patients who have more complex needs.

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