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Bed Blocking Plan
4:22pm 3rd September 2014
Nurses could end up taking patients home from hospital in a bid to ease bed blocking in Cornwall.
It is being reported that Treliske is sometimes struggling to discharge more than 50 a day.
Bosses insist people will not be sent home before they are ready and think that medical staff will make the transition easier.
Lezli Boswell, RCHT Chief Executive said: "I believe that we have a once in a generation opportunity to revolutionise healthcare for the local community and we need to integrate NHS services to meet patient need rather than organisational need.
"The way services are currently configured is not sustainable and in truth not the best way to provide healthcare. That is why we are calling for one integrated NHS provider for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"One of our current challenges is ensuring patients can leave hospital safely and at the appropriate time. To support this we are looking at taking patients home with nurses, physiotherapists or occupational therapists actively giving that initial support. Some patients will be able to get home a lot quicker and more comfortably with just a little bit of intervention from the people who have been taking care of them in hospital and who know their treatment plans best and with whom they already have a relationship.
"In this way we hope to improve patient experience throughout the whole health and social care system and believe that NHS organisations can be better together - providing seamless care for patients."
Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall is backing the idea: "The reality is over recent months we've had up to two wards of our main acute hospital here in Cornwall, full of patients who don't need to be there; that's ridiculous.
"It really is not an ideal situation. We have to do something to improve this so that we can get back to some level of normality of patients being able to flow through the system in the right and proper way."
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