Plans for discharge dates within 24 hours for Lancashire

Hoping to reduce unnecessary time spent on wards during winter, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will discharge patients within just 24 hours of being admitted under a new scheme.

The trust says that, given the overload of delays last year, senior doctors will now ideally set discharge dates as soon as ‘realistically possible’, which could be ‘ideally within 24 hours’.

The Local Democracy Reporter Service says that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the first to adopt the scheme after it was successful trialled in Peterborough. The new ‘discharge charter’ means that every ward has a member of staff responsible for smoothing the process of getting patients home.

Since the charter was introduced at the beginning of October, only two patients have been readmitted.

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