"Early discharge from hospital"

About: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital South Norfolk

(as a carer),

It seem clear that the Norfolk and Norwich university hospital is discharging to care homes when patients they are not fit enough to do so. Apart from the hospital having a hefty fine for re admittance, the ambulance service has to provide a front line vehicle to convey the patient, not forgetting the additional stress on staff and family. Not all care homes have a nursing ability and even some are only housing with care (assisted living)

There should be a directory giving a grading system for what the homes can and cannot provide for the use by the discharging doctors. This would save time and money for all

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Response from Janice Bradfield, Senior Communications and Membership Manager, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We have a thorough discharge process in place which looks at each patient's circumstances to ensure they have the right care in place when they leave hospital. We liaise with care homes, social services and community health services on a daily basis to make plans for individual patients and their families.

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