The aim of discharge planning is to ensure that patients are discharged from hospital safely and efficiently. Effective discharge planning will ensure patients are discharged from hospital safely and in a timely way, reduce length of stay, reduce pressure on bed availability and improve patient satisfaction.You have a key role within the MDT for effective discharge planning which should start on admission with the Estimated Date of Discharge. With the patients permission we should engage early with family, carers, and MDT to plan discharge.
The Discharge Information Folder (accessed from a NHSGGC computer) contains key information to assist you including documentation, homecare social work, Scottish Ambulance Service and Carers Information.
A Discharge Team is based in all acute hospitals within NHSGGC and is made up of discharge coordinators and nurses who facilitate safe and effective discharge planning , Provide a Discharge Lounge service at QEUH, GRI and RAH and an Acute Homeless Liaison service to the acute Glasgow hospitals.
Essential Learning Resources
learnPro module - GGC 214: Discharge (15 minutes to complete)
Professional and Organisational Policy and Guidance
NHSGGC Discharge Policy and Procedure