Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals continues to fall

Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals appears to be on a downward trend. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals appears to be on a downward trend. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals remains on a downward trend, with seven per cent fewer delayed discharges than last year.

Patients spent 43,980 days in hospital due to delays in discharge in April, according to NHS Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD Scotland)

The figure is a five per cent reduction on the previous month and a seven per cent decrease on the same period last year.

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A more up-to-date snapshot for May, assessed by a smaller monthly census, found a one per cent increase on the previous month’s census to 1,123 patients.

Some 335 of these delays (30 per cent) were for patients with specific complex care needs.

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A total of 271 (34 per cent) were awaiting availability in a care home, 205 (26 per cent) were awaiting support to live at home and 163 (21 per cent) were awaiting a social care assessment.

A delayed discharge is a hospital patient that is clinically ready for discharge from inpatient hospital care but continues to occupy a hospital bed beyond the ready for discharge date.

ISD Scotland said timely discharge from hospital is an important indicator of quality for effective, integrated and safe care.

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