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Avoidable overnight stays cost NHS £330m a year


As acting night manager I often have the problem of uncessary overnight stays due to lack of appropriate transport with discharge taxis and private ambulances which are based a long way from the hospital. Also getting patients reassessed and discharged during the night . Due to bed closures and time limits in A/E the bed usage in the admission wards is phenominal. Our hospital covers a large rural area and there is no way may folk can get home . Plus the average age for admission is over 85. Many patients do not arrive at hospital until 7 to 9 pm as not 999 ambulance transfers when referred by GPs

Posted date

7 July, 2010

Posted time

1:32 pm