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Quick Guide to support patients’ choices to avoid long hospital stays

People in health and social care systems across the country have told us how helpful it would be to have a more consistent approach in communicating clearly with patients and their families about their choices on discharge from hospital. This new multi-agency guide aims to provide a better experience and outcomes for people in need of support on discharge and to reduce delays in discharge from hospital.

Drawing on the work of local government, health and social care organisations, a newly published guide guide contains practical tips, examples and links to useful documents:

A checklist for local systems to identify areas for improvement;

Information on existing solutions to common problems, including tools to support choice and environments to support choice (e.g. intermediary placements);

A template policy and template patient letters which can be adopted locally.

Tags: intermediate care, bed blocking, long term care

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