NHS Greater Glasgow is making steady progress on delayed discharges and has already met its target of a 20% reduction in the number of delayed discharges.
The most recent figures to be released show that the figure for delayed discharges in Greater Glasgow have continued to drop.
In April 2004, the number of people ready and waiting for discharge from NHS Greater Glasgow's hospitals was 293.
By July 2004, this figure had dropped by 21 to 272 (meeting our predicted figure for delayed discharges for the first quarter) and by October 2004, the figure had again dropped to 235 meeting our 20% target.
We have been working closely with our six local authority partners to ensure that patients are discharged from hospital as soon as possible.
The fact that the number of delayed discharges we have is dropping reflects the hard work and dedication put into a wide range of initiatives by health and social care staff. These include (amongst others):
* The further development of acute outreach and rapid response services which support patients being discharged from hospital and help prevent people being admitted to hospital inappropriately;
* The development of programmes to create more community care places;
* Care packages for hospital patients with complex community care needs;
* Better information for carers on options for patients going into the care of community based services;
* Integrated Hospital Discharge Teams (Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow) and improved locality based discharge arrangements (other local authorities) means health and social care staff work more closely together to care for people discharged from hospital.
Rosslyn Crocket, Director of Nursing for the Board of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "I'm delighted that the delayed discharge figures are heading in the right direction and would like to congratulate staff - both health and social care - on all their hard work in this area."
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