20 November

Bournemouth hospital have been under severe strain when dealing with their elderly patients recently.

The hospital has had uncomfortable issues with families not wanting their patients to return home, even if the hospital diagnose them as fit to leave.  Families have turned to the hospital as a reliance of comfort to their family member. Some do not favour the nursing homes, and Katie Whiteside, clinical manager for discharge services, said one family asked the hospital to “keep hold” of a relative while they took a two-week holiday in Turkey.”[1]

It was not that the hospital had around 70 patients who were deemed fit to leave, and were taking up the beds in the wards. This of course causes prevention’s to other ill patients who come in needing help and assistance.

As a cause of action the hospital have now decided with the hospital trust that families will have to start receiving a weeks notice.

Of course, in some scenarios the patient may not have family members, or a support system they can go home to. However Bournemouth hospital has clearly undergone a severe case of this.

However, do you believe this is allowed?
If they do not move from the weeks notice, family and the patient can be taken to court. Which of course, could either cost the NHS more money, or weaken a family who is already struggling with health issues.

Is this the only course of action that can be taken?

Please share your thoughts with us.

[1] BBC News, (2014). Bed blockers ‘face legal action’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-30116338 [Accessed 20 Nov. 2014].

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