'Bed blocking' cases double in one month

'Bed blocking' cases double in one month

'Bed blocking' cases double in one month

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CONCERNS have been raised about ‘bed blocking’ at the Burnley General and Royal Blackburn hospitals after statistics showed a spike in the number of patients whose discharge was delayed.

NHS figures showed that delayed transfers of care led to 2,000 ‘lost bed days’ at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in June, which was the third highest figure in England despite ELHT only being a medium-sized trust.

This was up from only 1,010 in the previous month.

Most of the delays were due to assessments not being carried out or because of patient and family choice.

Delayed transfers of care, dubbed bed blocking, can cause significant problems leaving staff struggling to find beds for new patients, and lacking time to provide adequate care for everyone on the wards.

Pete Rowe, non-executive director, said: “We hear stories about patients who have been delayed for many days where it’s clear they could and should be moved.

“The human impact on people who know they should have gone somewhere else is very severe.”

Bosses said there has been a drive to increase the scrutiny of delayed transfers, which has led to the huge increase in reported cases, but acknowledged that the figures have now shown the true extent of the problem.

Jonathan Wood, deputy chief executive, added: “The underlying position was perhaps worse than we thought.

“Some delays are due to us and some of them are due to other organisations... but there are better and safer places for these patients to be.”

Board members said there are now plans being drawn up by the trust and local clinical commissioning groups to try and reduce the number of delays.

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5:00pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mavrick says...

There should be no delay in discharge from the RBH after my recent experience I was glad to go and I won't go back voluntarily either.
There should be no delay in discharge from the RBH after my recent experience I was glad to go and I won't go back voluntarily either. mavrick
  • Score: 6

6:34pm Fri 1 Aug 14

barryinthailand says...

mavrick wrote:
There should be no delay in discharge from the RBH after my recent experience I was glad to go and I won't go back voluntarily either.
Apparently many want to stay there, what should they do, kick them out?

As the article says "Most of the delays were due to assessments not being carried out or because of patient and family choice." what it failed to say was how many of each.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: There should be no delay in discharge from the RBH after my recent experience I was glad to go and I won't go back voluntarily either.[/p][/quote]Apparently many want to stay there, what should they do, kick them out? As the article says "Most of the delays were due to assessments not being carried out or because of patient and family choice." what it failed to say was how many of each. barryinthailand
  • Score: 4

7:31pm Fri 1 Aug 14

katypri says...

My son has been taking a bed up for 7 weeks they want him to go to a mental health rehab Private Funded at £300,000 + I was fighting for an NHS one, they won, he will take the bed up for another 2/4 week while funding is agreed, when we needed a bed there was not one available this is the reason why, there are 32 beds at the place they are putting him and they keep them 18/24 months at a cost of £150,000 + per patience per year thats where your money is being spent he has a home a family that cares, time they answered for the money they pay private funded units of course they keep them a long time who wouldnt easy money, time to protest one thinks and make someone accountable
My son has been taking a bed up for 7 weeks they want him to go to a mental health rehab Private Funded at £300,000 + I was fighting for an NHS one, they won, he will take the bed up for another 2/4 week while funding is agreed, when we needed a bed there was not one available this is the reason why, there are 32 beds at the place they are putting him and they keep them 18/24 months at a cost of £150,000 + per patience per year thats where your money is being spent he has a home a family that cares, time they answered for the money they pay private funded units of course they keep them a long time who wouldnt easy money, time to protest one thinks and make someone accountable katypri
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

the only thing that surprises me is why this hospital trust was taken out of special measures 5 weeks ago by the Care Quality Commission.
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Jonathan Wood, deputy chief executive, said “.. there are better and safer places for these patients to be.”
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I rest my case.....here's the latest blunders at this trust!
.
Blackburn widower to sue hospital for ‘negligence’ after wife’s death Lancashire Telegraph:3:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
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£50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 11:00am Tuesday 15 July 2014
.
Patient died after procedure slip-up at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
Tuesday 8 July 2014
.
Blackburn hospital bosses apologise after ex-soldier left in pain Lancashire Telegraph: 2:00pm Thursday 24 July 2014
.
Hospital bosses sorry after swab left inside second East Lancs patient Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
4:00pm Monday 7 July 2014
.
Nurse cautioned for threatening to 'floor' patient at Blackburn A&E Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
5:00pm Saturday 19 July 2014
.
HORRENDOUS BATTLE: NHS Trust ‘accept liability’ after the death of Burnley gran Lancashire Telegraph: 3:00pm Tuesday 15 July 2014
.
Brain swelling missed after computer glitch at Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 27 May 2014
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Family left shocked after man dies following Royal Blackburn Hospital drip error : Patient dies after a blunder at the Royal Blackburn Hospital 6:00pm Thursday 19 June 2014
.
Family says father ‘immobile and scarcely speaks’ after ‘unacceptable’ treatment at Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 10:00am Tuesday 3 June 2014
.
Blackburn father left in agony after eleven day wait to fix broken arm Lancashire Telegraph: Kabier Hussain was told by staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital they could not carry out the surgery he needed because equipment was not available. 5:00pm Tuesday 10 June 2014
.
Ex nurse tells of 'degrading' stay in Blackburn hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital. 5:00pm Saturday 17 May 2014
A RETIRED nurse has hit out at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust after a stay in Royal Blackburn left her in a wheelchair.
.
and on and on and on....
the only thing that surprises me is why this hospital trust was taken out of special measures 5 weeks ago by the Care Quality Commission. . Jonathan Wood, deputy chief executive, said “.. there are better and safer places for these patients to be.” . I rest my case.....here's the latest blunders at this trust! . Blackburn widower to sue hospital for ‘negligence’ after wife’s death Lancashire Telegraph:3:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014 . £50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 11:00am Tuesday 15 July 2014 . Patient died after procedure slip-up at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 8 July 2014 . Blackburn hospital bosses apologise after ex-soldier left in pain Lancashire Telegraph: 2:00pm Thursday 24 July 2014 . Hospital bosses sorry after swab left inside second East Lancs patient Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital 4:00pm Monday 7 July 2014 . Nurse cautioned for threatening to 'floor' patient at Blackburn A&E Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital 5:00pm Saturday 19 July 2014 . HORRENDOUS BATTLE: NHS Trust ‘accept liability’ after the death of Burnley gran Lancashire Telegraph: 3:00pm Tuesday 15 July 2014 . Brain swelling missed after computer glitch at Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 27 May 2014 . Family left shocked after man dies following Royal Blackburn Hospital drip error : Patient dies after a blunder at the Royal Blackburn Hospital 6:00pm Thursday 19 June 2014 . Family says father ‘immobile and scarcely speaks’ after ‘unacceptable’ treatment at Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 10:00am Tuesday 3 June 2014 . Blackburn father left in agony after eleven day wait to fix broken arm Lancashire Telegraph: Kabier Hussain was told by staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital they could not carry out the surgery he needed because equipment was not available. 5:00pm Tuesday 10 June 2014 . Ex nurse tells of 'degrading' stay in Blackburn hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital. 5:00pm Saturday 17 May 2014 A RETIRED nurse has hit out at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust after a stay in Royal Blackburn left her in a wheelchair. . and on and on and on.... Pendlesider
  • Score: 9

11:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

barryinthailand says...

katypri wrote:
My son has been taking a bed up for 7 weeks they want him to go to a mental health rehab Private Funded at £300,000 + I was fighting for an NHS one, they won, he will take the bed up for another 2/4 week while funding is agreed, when we needed a bed there was not one available this is the reason why, there are 32 beds at the place they are putting him and they keep them 18/24 months at a cost of £150,000 + per patience per year thats where your money is being spent he has a home a family that cares, time they answered for the money they pay private funded units of course they keep them a long time who wouldnt easy money, time to protest one thinks and make someone accountable
So this is a family choice, they want him out but you wont take him home. Understandable but your not going to pay, which is also understandable. So it wont be private treatment, it will be NHS funded, they could kick him out and free a bed up, but they wont.
Mental Health issues are hard to budget for, but you seem to know your son needs two years care (300k) , it seems to me if he has a home and a family who cares, then his mum (MUM) would be able to look after him for much less, and free up a bed!
[quote][p][bold]katypri[/bold] wrote: My son has been taking a bed up for 7 weeks they want him to go to a mental health rehab Private Funded at £300,000 + I was fighting for an NHS one, they won, he will take the bed up for another 2/4 week while funding is agreed, when we needed a bed there was not one available this is the reason why, there are 32 beds at the place they are putting him and they keep them 18/24 months at a cost of £150,000 + per patience per year thats where your money is being spent he has a home a family that cares, time they answered for the money they pay private funded units of course they keep them a long time who wouldnt easy money, time to protest one thinks and make someone accountable[/p][/quote]So this is a family choice, they want him out but you wont take him home. Understandable but your not going to pay, which is also understandable. So it wont be private treatment, it will be NHS funded, they could kick him out and free a bed up, but they wont. Mental Health issues are hard to budget for, but you seem to know your son needs two years care (300k) , it seems to me if he has a home and a family who cares, then his mum (MUM) would be able to look after him for much less, and free up a bed! barryinthailand
  • Score: 3

11:46pm Fri 1 Aug 14

barryinthailand says...

Pendlesider wrote:
the only thing that surprises me is why this hospital trust was taken out of special measures 5 weeks ago by the Care Quality Commission.
.
Jonathan Wood, deputy chief executive, said “.. there are better and safer places for these patients to be.”
.
I rest my case.....here's the latest blunders at this trust!
.
Blackburn widower to sue hospital for ‘negligence’ after wife’s death Lancashire Telegraph:3:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014
.
£50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 11:00am Tuesday 15 July 2014
.
Patient died after procedure slip-up at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
Tuesday 8 July 2014
.
Blackburn hospital bosses apologise after ex-soldier left in pain Lancashire Telegraph: 2:00pm Thursday 24 July 2014
.
Hospital bosses sorry after swab left inside second East Lancs patient Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
4:00pm Monday 7 July 2014
.
Nurse cautioned for threatening to 'floor' patient at Blackburn A&E Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital
5:00pm Saturday 19 July 2014
.
HORRENDOUS BATTLE: NHS Trust ‘accept liability’ after the death of Burnley gran Lancashire Telegraph: 3:00pm Tuesday 15 July 2014
.
Brain swelling missed after computer glitch at Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 27 May 2014
.
Family left shocked after man dies following Royal Blackburn Hospital drip error : Patient dies after a blunder at the Royal Blackburn Hospital 6:00pm Thursday 19 June 2014
.
Family says father ‘immobile and scarcely speaks’ after ‘unacceptable’ treatment at Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 10:00am Tuesday 3 June 2014
.
Blackburn father left in agony after eleven day wait to fix broken arm Lancashire Telegraph: Kabier Hussain was told by staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital they could not carry out the surgery he needed because equipment was not available. 5:00pm Tuesday 10 June 2014
.
Ex nurse tells of 'degrading' stay in Blackburn hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital. 5:00pm Saturday 17 May 2014
A RETIRED nurse has hit out at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust after a stay in Royal Blackburn left her in a wheelchair.
.
and on and on and on....
You read the LT too much,
Worry maker
Absolute idiot
Nupty
Know all
Empty brain
Retard
[quote][p][bold]Pendlesider[/bold] wrote: the only thing that surprises me is why this hospital trust was taken out of special measures 5 weeks ago by the Care Quality Commission. . Jonathan Wood, deputy chief executive, said “.. there are better and safer places for these patients to be.” . I rest my case.....here's the latest blunders at this trust! . Blackburn widower to sue hospital for ‘negligence’ after wife’s death Lancashire Telegraph:3:00pm Wednesday 30 July 2014 . £50k compensation after baby’s death at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 11:00am Tuesday 15 July 2014 . Patient died after procedure slip-up at Royal Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 8 July 2014 . Blackburn hospital bosses apologise after ex-soldier left in pain Lancashire Telegraph: 2:00pm Thursday 24 July 2014 . Hospital bosses sorry after swab left inside second East Lancs patient Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital 4:00pm Monday 7 July 2014 . Nurse cautioned for threatening to 'floor' patient at Blackburn A&E Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital 5:00pm Saturday 19 July 2014 . HORRENDOUS BATTLE: NHS Trust ‘accept liability’ after the death of Burnley gran Lancashire Telegraph: 3:00pm Tuesday 15 July 2014 . Brain swelling missed after computer glitch at Royal Blackburn Hospital Tuesday 27 May 2014 . Family left shocked after man dies following Royal Blackburn Hospital drip error : Patient dies after a blunder at the Royal Blackburn Hospital 6:00pm Thursday 19 June 2014 . Family says father ‘immobile and scarcely speaks’ after ‘unacceptable’ treatment at Blackburn Hospital Lancashire Telegraph: 10:00am Tuesday 3 June 2014 . Blackburn father left in agony after eleven day wait to fix broken arm Lancashire Telegraph: Kabier Hussain was told by staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital they could not carry out the surgery he needed because equipment was not available. 5:00pm Tuesday 10 June 2014 . Ex nurse tells of 'degrading' stay in Blackburn hospital Lancashire Telegraph: The Royal Blackburn Hospital. 5:00pm Saturday 17 May 2014 A RETIRED nurse has hit out at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust after a stay in Royal Blackburn left her in a wheelchair. . and on and on and on....[/p][/quote]You read the LT too much, Worry maker Absolute idiot Nupty Know all Empty brain Retard barryinthailand
  • Score: -13

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