Kettering General Hospital has launched a number of initiatives aimed at improving the discharge experience for its patients.
The aim is to make sure that people who are medically fit and ready to leave hospital are able to do so as soon as possible with a good experience of the discharge process.
The initiatives are:
- An expanded new discharge lounge 10 beds and 10 chairs the biggest discharge area ever. Open now.
- A Facilitated Early Discharge Unit This is a 36 bed unit based on two former medical Wards (Lamport and Twywell). It specialises in assisting patients who will especially benefit from physical or occupational therapy before they can leave hospital. Open now.
- Acute Frailty Unit An existing short-stay medical ward (Clifford Ward) will take on a new role specialising in supporting frail older patients with complex needs to open in the Autum
Kettering General Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Alan Gurney told Connect FM: “This is about doing everything we can to improve the discharge experience at the hospital.
“We have carefully researched some of the key causes of delay within the Trust and have put together some new ways of working to address them.
“Many of our patients are elderly and with complex health and mobility issues that require input from various professionals – which can be a source of delay.
“By creating specialised units with lots of expertise and a clear focus for discharge we hope that we can ensure that patients do go home as soon as possible.
“Our changes will complement some of the wider work that is ongoing at a county level to develop improved step-down facilities from hospital and better supported care for people returning home.”