Hospitals: Discharges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department uses to measure unsafe discharges from hospital.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many unsafe discharges have been recorded at (a) City Hospitals Sunderland, (b) University Hospital of Hartlepool and (c) University Hospital of North Durham in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Patients should only be discharged when it is safe and clinically appropriate. Patients who may need support should only be discharged from hospital when there has been an assessment of the support they need to be discharged safely. Where patients are being transferred between care settings, this requires local health and care organisations to work together to ensure the transfers are centred around the needs of patients and their carers.

There are no national published criteria for measuring unsafe discharge. Neither national data nor data for individual trusts relating to unsafe discharges are routinely collected centrally.

Guidance and advice issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), for example ‘NICE Guideline NG27 – Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’ - is focussed on recommendations for ensuring that hospital discharges are as safe as possible.

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