SOLUTION TO NHS 'BED BLOCKING' CRISIS

  • Problems that are encountered with care aren't just affecting individuals but a great impact on NHS as a whole.

    In February, Lord Carter's review of English Acute Hospitals revealed that "8,500 hospital beds were taken each year by medically fit patients". Care Industry News, reports.

    This, in turn, affects the whole NHS regarding admissions and elective procedure rates: Bed-blocking or delayed transfer of care is drastically affecting some aspects of hospital care, 

    According to a report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman published a week ago,

    "Some families had been left 'devastated' by the treatment of their relatives." 

    It found that numerous patients were discharged too quickly- or being compelled to stay in the hospital because there was nowhere else for them to go.

    The report blamed poor planning and inadequate communication regarding admissions, transfers and discharge policies."

    Enham Trust is one of the charities attempting to help the situation:

    A major issue raised by the Ombudsman report was 'delayed transfer of care'- bed blocking:

    "When patients cannot be discharged from hospital because there is no suitable environment, with the necessary care, rehabilitation and therapy, for them to retreat to- available to people needing a place to stay can be paid for privately, or with local authority funding."

    Enham Trust has done the following:

    • Opened new residences called the Cedar Park Apartments exactly for this purpose.
    • These apartments have the following amenities- furnishings, with wet room, kitchenette, fridge and microwave, a private patio with rural views and storage facilities
    • They also offer short-term care packages for each individual- three meals a day can be made available, as well as a range of therapies, support and activities
    • Care provision is also available on site 365 days a year, 24 hours a day 

    Enham Trust's Chairman, Khalid Aziz believes "it's time to rethink the system and says if there were more residencies like Enham Trust's Cedar Park Apartments available for patients leaving the hospital, it could make a significant difference to individuals and the NHS as a whole."

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