COMMENT: Bed-blocking solution may mean short-term pain for long-term gain

COMMENT: Bed-blocking solution may mean short-term pain for long-term gain

COMMENT: Bed-blocking solution may mean short-term pain for long-term gain

First published in News

THE proposal to force patients to community hospitals that are not near their homes seems like a necessary evil to tackle our chronic bed-blocking crisis.

After all, it appears nothing else has worked.

For years now we have been demanding progress from officials over the large number of people well enough to be discharged who are stuck in our acute hospitals because there is nowhere for them to go.

The NHS and Oxfordshire County Council have regularly come up with plans they hoped would see numbers decrease, but none have succeeded.

And so they must start looking at alternatives that will not be popular. For the sake of the overall health system, we have to use all the resources available.

And if that means someone from Witney has to spend some time in a community hospital elsewhere, so be it.

However, it cannot be a sustainable permanent scheme. It has to be some short-term pain while our officials come up with solutions for the long-term gain.

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9:56am Fri 31 Jan 14

jm_white says...

I used to work in a community hospital and patients have been moved around the county for years. The real solution to bed-blocking is to get care-packages in place faster, so the elderly can return to their own homes where they will be more comfortable in familiar surrounds. This is particularly important in dementia patients.
I used to work in a community hospital and patients have been moved around the county for years. The real solution to bed-blocking is to get care-packages in place faster, so the elderly can return to their own homes where they will be more comfortable in familiar surrounds. This is particularly important in dementia patients. jm_white
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11:02am Fri 31 Jan 14

caz1111 says...

Unfortunate solution to the problem but the alternative is making people who need a HOSPITAL bed wait for operations. What is needed is more community beds but nobody seems to realise that. The need for increased community care is only going to increase with the higher number of elderly.
Unfortunate solution to the problem but the alternative is making people who need a HOSPITAL bed wait for operations. What is needed is more community beds but nobody seems to realise that. The need for increased community care is only going to increase with the higher number of elderly. caz1111
  • Score: -1

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