bed-blocking


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bed-blocking

n
(Medicine) Brit the use of hospital beds by elderly patients who cannot leave hospital because they have no place in a residential care home
ˈbed-ˌblocker n
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Labour highlighted the shocking figures as they accused Nicola Sturgeon of failing to get to grips with the NHS bed-blocking crisis.
Bed-blocking is when a patient is judged clinically ready to go home but continues to occupy a hospital bed while plans are made for appropriate follow-up care.
FUNDING of PS471,414 to reduce bed-blocking, improve community care and reduce the length of hospital stays includes: PS150,000 for Hospital at Night practitioners; ?
Back in March, when Llangollen and Flint hospitals were closed, we warned that a lack of spare capacity and losing community facilities without adequately replacing them would create bed-blocking in district general hospitals such as Wrexham Maelor.
Bed-blocking costs the NHS around pounds 600,000 per day at a time when it is starved of money.
Scandal of the bed-blocking patients who can't go home THE extent of bed-blocking in Wales' hospitals means some patients are waiting up to two years before being allowed to leave - despite no longer needing treatment.
It's thought that bed-blocking costs pounds 20m a year The figures released cover North Wales' three major hospitals (L-R) Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Gwynedd and Wrexham Maelor
TWO children were forced to stay in Birmingham Children's Hospital unnecessarily for more than four years between them, it emerged in the bed-blocking review.
While bed-blocking has become a headache for social services with a pounds 2.
The majority of these cases were recorded in acute hospitals, where bed-blocking has risen by more than 27 per cent.
A spokesman for Durham County Council, which is closing 17 of its own residential and nursing homes and hiring beds from the private sector and building six new homes, said bed-blocking was "not a problem.
A WEBSITE is helping to combat the problem of bed-blocking at Rugby's Hospital of St Cross.