Discharge Plans and Policies

3347 WordsJul 17, 201814 Pages
Introduction Provision of high-quality care at the right time, in the right place and delivered by the right persons is of vital importance in reducing pressure on hospital services. Rapid and efficient discharge of patients from acute hospital beds to the next level of care plays a vital part in ensuring capacity is available for patients needing to access acute care beds. Equally important is the need to ensure that the transition for patients from acute hospital to community care is safe, well coordinated, and well communicated. Discharge planning begins at the patient’s initial assessment or within 24 hours of admission or initiation of a service (ACT, 2006). It requires the development and implementation of a documented discharge…show more content…
When we review the discharge policies in institutions like the King Hussein Cancer Centre and the University Hospitals of Leicester, we find that these institutions counter the negative outcomes by adding some modifications to their policies. Therefore, following the experience of these institutions, we will suggest possible alternatives and recommendations to modify the discharge policy of Prince Hamzah Hospital, in order to improve its discharge planning process. Objectives of Discharge Policy Certain objectives and outcomes should be considered when developing a discharge policy, including: • Best practice in discharge planning for patients’ safe transfer from the health setting to the next level of care. • Highest standards of communication within the multi-disciplinary team, between primary and secondary care, and with colleagues in social care. • Staff in clinical areas have access to and awareness of up-to-date relevant national and local policies and guidelines to enable highest standards of practice in discharge planning. • Discharge planning begins prior to, or immediately on, admission to hospital and continues throughout the patient’s acute hospital admission. • The multi-disciplinary nature of discharge planning is maintained and involves all appropriate health and social care professionals throughout the pathway of care. • The patient is involved and has the opportunity to influence and receive
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