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Hospital discharge cut to three hours as part of Corona response


Gloucestershire County Council is doing all it can to help to free up much needed hospital beds during the Covid-19 crisis.

The NHS and the county council are working together to make sure that patients who no longer have a need, can be discharged from hospital within three hours, freeing up beds for those patients who require acute medical care.

To support this, the county council is working hard to make sure everyone’s care needs are met out in the community . The council continue to provide residential care placements, help at home, and support for people who are newly assessed as having care needs.

The offer includes short term support for people who are well enough to come out of hospital, but aren’t able to manage at home immediately, as well as those who following a stay in hospital have been assessed as having ongoing care needs, but a permanent care package can’t be found.

In some cases this means a temporary placement in a care home across the county, away from family, however these arrangements are only to meet the current demand and are dependent on the availability of care home placements or domiciliary care provision.

Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are doing everything we can to support our NHS in the fight against Coronavirus.  That means helping people out of hospital as quickly as possible once they recover, freeing beds for others.  In some cases, that could mean people are helped to recover in care homes further away from their own homes than normal.  As no visiting is permitted at present, we hope that patients and their families will understand why we need to do so.”

In addition, the county council is freeing up spaces in its specialist reablement units, Great Western Court and Wheatridge Court in Gloucester, this capacity will be used for short term placements for people who are medically stable but not well enough to return to their home and for people who need care packages in the community but no provision is available.

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