Worcestershire hospital trust has one of the worst discharge rates in the country

FIGURES: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has one of the lowest discharge rates in the
FIGURES: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has one of the lowest discharge rates in the

WORCESTERSHIRE Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has one of the worst discharge rates in the country, latest figures show.

According to new NHS data, only 14 per cent of medically-fit patients were able to be discharged across the trust's sites Worcestershire Royal Hospital, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.

The news comes as health leaders warn emergency services are facing “alarming levels of stress”, and more beds were “desperately needed”.

Nationally an average of 14,036 beds last week were taken up by patients who were fit to leave.

Worcester News: HOSPITAL: Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Worcester News: HOSPITAL: Worcestershire Royal Hospital

HOSPITAL: Worcestershire Royal Hospital

 

That was down slightly from an all-time high of 14,069 the previous week, according to NHS England.

Just 41 per cent of patients ready to leave hospital last week were actually discharged nationally.

Hospitals have faced a growing struggle in recent months to discharge people who are well enough to leave, often because there is not enough support in place from local providers of social care.

Delays in freeing up beds have a knock-on effect for admissions leading to many patients being kept waiting in ambulances before being transferred to A&E teams.

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Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director for England, said the figures show the NHS remains under “significant pressure”.

Professor Powis said: “The NHS has done extensive preparation for this winter – rolling out extra beds, falls services and nationwide 24/7 control centres to track and manage demand.

“The public can also help by using the best services for their condition: 999 in an emergency and otherwise 111 online, and there is still time to get vaccinations if eligible.”