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Pilot scheme introduced to reduce long hospital stays this winter

Chorley and South Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG are working with other health and social care organisations to ensure patients can leave hospital as soon as they are medically fit to do so, as part of a new pilot scheme this winter.

Evidence shows that being in hospital longer than necessary can be detrimental to a person’s health. It is important therefore that people are helped to get to the right place as soon as possible after a hospital stay.

In circumstances when a patient is ready to be discharged from hospital but requires an assessment of their ongoing care needs, they are ‘discharged to assess’.

’Discharge to assess’ aims to ensure that patients who are fit to leave hospital are supported to do so as quickly as possible and receive any onward care in a more appropriate setting. This will also help to ensure that hospital beds are available for those with an acute medical need.

In the pilot scheme, patients with ongoing care needs are given a bed in a nursing home, where they are provided with NHS-funded 24 hour nursing care for up to 28 days.

This allows the patient to recuperate outside hospital, improve independence and is an appropriate setting to assess a patient’s longer term needs through health and social care assessments.

The process for establishing whether a patient is eligible for further financial support will be discussed during this time. The placement also gives patients and their families or carers time to understand their options and make informed decisions about next steps.

When possible, patients and their families will be given a choice of nursing home.

We’d like to hear your thoughts on this pilot scheme, regardless of whether or not you have any experience of the service.

This patient information leaflet has been produced to help patients and their families understand the discharge to assess nursing placement.

Please email with your comments.

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