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Avoidable overnight stays cost NHS £330m a year


Some problems occur when patients stay overnight because community hospitals refuse admissions arriving after 10 pm or nursing homes close their doors at 9pm or even as early as 7 pm. The removal of the national one size fits all four hour target may prove to be a good thing if ,and it's a big if, the correct amount of time is given to those patients that need it, ensuring all necessary treatments are completed before discharge/admission AND patients are prioritised according to need and not time of arrival. If this is done then those people with trivial complaints might not be seen for several hours whereas those with more serious complaints will be seen sooner, this may eventually result in less 'time wasters' and thus less need for patients to be admitted for trivial reasons as outlined above. However the problem of inappropriate admissions may move from the ward to boarders residing in A&E.

Posted date

8 July, 2010

Posted time

9:41 am