Recommendations for improving hospital discharge in Scotland

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 23rd September 2019

British Red Cross discussion paper outlines key findings from the experiences of people being discharged from hospital.

Life Beyond The Ward recognises the challenges which people may experience on their discharge journey from hospital to home. These include:

  • Considerable variation in discharge practices across hospitals.
  • Lack of co-ordination and communication between hospitals, primary care and social care.
  • Challenges remain in accessing social care packages and wider support.
  • A potentially significant proportion of people who are deemed clinically fit to leave hospital are sent to a home inappropriate for their recovery.

The report recommends that improvements can be made to improve discharge for patients:

  • Fulfilling the transition to a more preventative approach to care by improving the funding of community care and shifting focus towards people, their holistic needs and their experiences as they navigate the health and social care systems.
  • Harnessing the power of non-clinical support, including the voluntary and community sector to support effective discharge from hospital to home.
  • Checking people’s non-clinical independence factors as part of the discharging process of patients through a five-step independence check.
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