Stop bed blocking at Nobles - people get treated quicker

There are several reasons why people have their planned admittance to hospital cancelled and one of these is lack of beds. Beds are blocked for a variety of reasons:-

  • Waiting for pharmacy to prescribe before being discharged - this needs addressed - easier to pay for a man and van to deliver medicines to their homes later on then have beds occupied for 6 hours !
  • spanish practices of nursing homes - who decant residents to the hospital over the weekend for the nurses to look after them rather than look after themselves. ( they have not got the trained staff on at the weekends to handle "difficult" residents)
  • insufficient rest and recuperation / hospital from home and support social services on IOM to refer people to.

If there was not a bed blocking issue peoples waiting times for treatments could be halved.

Why the contribution is important

If people get treated quicker then they return to work quicker and this saves the island money in sickness and treatment costs.

It stops wasted resource in the hospital - making and rebooking appointments and maximises professional medics time and skills.

by Manneen on May 08, 2017 at 08:56AM

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  • Posted by LeanGreen May 08, 2017 at 09:44

    I read about one NHS trust hospital (maybe Nottingham) where there was a small team of people whose job was to expedite discharges from the hospital. Nurses, social workers and physios worked closely together and coordinated the whole thing. I know we have got the Re-Ablement system but it seems to take a while to get everything in place.
  • Posted by TheBellhop May 09, 2017 at 10:12

    In my experience some of those stuck in hospital are waiting for beds in residential or specialist nursing homes - they are unable to care for themselves and their own homes are unsuitable. We are responsible for them until suitable accommodation can be found.

    What happened to the hospital to home wing at southlands?
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