"Bed-blocking costs money. Reduce it effectively."
About: Royal Berkshire Hospital Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading RG1 5AN
Posted by Anonymous
This is constructive criticism of your determined procedures to reduce bed-blocking at the RBH.
Put the patient first.
Be sympathetic, not bureaucratic.
My wife was ready to be discharged from the RBH on February 1st. The procedures followed, bureaucratically, meant that she was discharged on Feb 8th.
Although best advice was that she needed 2 people to help her in and out of bed. In practice, one person did this support. With sleep and toilet, this support was calculated to be 4 times per day, for between 30 and 45 minutes.
My wife has an able-bodied carer, but they were put aside for HSE reasons, so that 2 professionals were employed by the NHS.
My partenr had a poorly defined illness that meant they were admitted to hospital on January 14th. They were very weak on arrival, and weak, with bedsores, on discharge. They were not cured, and discharge was a judgement call, affected by several medical and social staff.
The hospital Consultant opined discharge. The TVN requested 2 people assist my partner in and out of bed. The OT assessed the home environment. The Council arranged professional carers. 7 days passed, and my wife got out. There followed 4 weeks of 2 carers, 4 times per day, and 2 weeks of 1 carer, 4 times per day.
None of this week delay, nor the 200 odd hours of carers was effective use of NHS funds.