Helping patients leave hospital safely and quickly 

26/10/2017 00:00 

UCLH has been working with Islington, Haringey and Camden local authorities and community health providers to transform how patients are discharged through a new approach called “discharge to assess”.

The new approach means that North London patients will be discharged home as soon as medically optimised, rather than waiting in hospital for an assessment.

For those patients with ongoing needs, the local community team will visit them within two hours of discharge to assess their needs and develop any necessary package of care.

Patients with more complex needs will be transferred either to home (with additional care provision) or an interim bed for the detailed assessment of needs to be completed.

The approach benefits patients as they spend less time in hospital waiting for assessments and care packages, and frees up beds.

Contact: Debra Glastonbury, programme lead,, 020 3447 5455.

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