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More NHS patients 'moved at night'


It is generally the most vulnerable and elderly that get moved. On admission, those that don't quite fit in the criteria of being acutely acute, which are often patients with social problems too and don't quite fit in a box. At the other end of the spectrum are those who have got over the acute period and can be outlied (a dehumanising term I personally hate, along with some others), anywhere where there is a space, along with the bedblocker (grrr, annoying terminology). It doesn't seem that long ago that our trust had a policy not to move the elderly and confused after 8pm at night, that didn't last long. All this moving about came to pass with the emergence of admission wards and changes in GP practice. Once GP's would see patients and ring the appropriate ward and discuss the admission with the ward consultant/dr on call for that area. They could be admitted day or night depending on the onset of the problem, but there they stayed until discharge.

Posted date

18 March, 2014

Posted time

6:38 pm