National Health Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 2nd March 2011.

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Photo of Helen Eadie Helen Eadie Labour

Question S3W-39345

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it has taken to expedite the discharge of older patients with complex needs from acute hospitals.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

This administration has worked closely with local NHS and local authority partnerships to tackle delayed discharges over the last four years, greatly reducing the number of patients delayed over the six week discharge planning period, and achieving a zero level at the April census in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Our Joint Improvement Team has been made available to work with partnerships with specific problems.

There are some cases where it is not appropriate to discharge a patient within six weeks, such as where there are concerns about someone’s capacity. However, we are working towards reducing the length of these delays with local partnerships, the Mental Welfare Commission and Scottish courts, amongst others.

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