Case Number 4683
Request Date 23/03/2016
Completion Date 20/04/2016 

 

Details of the Request

1. Does the Trust have a discharge policy in place that requires patients to leave hospital after a specified period of time, if they are medically fit but remain in hospital because they (or their family) have been unable to:

  1. Choose a preferred residential or nursing home?
  2. Arrange a care package at home?
  3. Find suitable alternative housing (e.g. sheltered/retirement housing, extra care)?

Please provide copies of any relevant policy documents.

 

2. How many patients have been affected by this policy in the past 12 months? Please provide an overall number, and if possible also provide a breakdown by:

  1. Age (over 65 or under 65)
  2. Reason for the policy being enacted (as in question 1)

 

3. Does the Trust have plans to develop such a policy within the next 12 months?

 

Details of the Response

1. Does the Trust have a discharge policy in place that requires patients to leave hospital after a specified period of time, if they are medically fit but remain in hospital because they (or their family) have been unable to: a. Choose a preferred residential or nursing home? b. Arrange a care package at home? c. Find suitable alternative housing (e.g. sheltered/retirement housing, extra care)?

Sent to requester.

 

2. How many patients have been affected by this policy in the past 12 months? Please provide an overall number, and if possible also provide a breakdown by: a. Age (over 65 or under 65) b. Reason for the policy being enacted (as in question 1)

The Trust does not hold this information.

 

3. Does the Trust have plans to develop such a policy within the next 12 months?

Yes, the Discharge Policy is in the process of being updated.