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COVID-19 Coronavirus: Guidelines on hospital discharge

2020-03-16

Timely discharge from hospitals will be essential as our health service deals with escalating pressures from Covid 19.

The co-operation of patients and their families on discharge will help free up beds during this extremely challenging time.

* If patients are deemed medically fit by the Consultant to go home, they and their families should  ensure there are arrangements in place to be picked up promptly on the day of discharge. Ward staff can help you make these arrangements.

* If you are deemed medically fit by the Consultant to go home and are waiting on a residential placement, staff will allocate the first place that is available. This may not necessarily be your first choice but it is important to note that people can subsequently move to the home of their choice, once it becomes available.

* If you are deemed medically fit by the Consultant to go home, and there is a delay in sourcing new or additional home care, you may be discharged to await these elements of your care package. Additional family support may be required until the home care package is finalised.

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