Chesterfield Royal Hospital working hard to ensure patients are ‘Ho-ho-home for Christmas’

We want you ‘Ho-ho-home for Christmas’ - that’s the message coming from Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, 2:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd December 2021, 2:29 pm

This year, the Trust said it is seeing unprecedented demand on the care and services provided and is doing all it can to see people discharged and back home in time for Christmas Day – or as soon as it is clinically safe to do so.

As Covid-19 and seasonal pressures continue, the Trust is wanting to send a clear message as we get closer to the big day.

Berenice Groves, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “We always want to ensure that people are only in hospital for as long as they really need to be and this is especially true at this time of year.

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We want you ‘Ho-ho-home for Christmas’ says the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

"We’re working closely across the whole system to ensure that when it is clinically safe, patients can be discharged.

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"We know that folks don’t want to spend Christmas in hospital and it means we can ensure others, who need our care, are able to have access to beds and means less delays across the hospital.

“We’re always here for those who really need us but we’re actively encouraging people to ensure they have a discharge plan in place as soon as they are admitted to hospital, where appropriate.

"This could mean ensuring that friends and family are able to support them a little more when they can return home and any adaptations are made to ensure that any additional needs are catered for.”

The Trust is currently running close to capacity, so is encouraging patients to go home as soon as they are clinically signed off, as well as reaching out to families to support them by either assisting with care in their relative’s home or supporting placements in residential or nursing care facilities.

Berenice added: “Our approach to discharge is simple. As soon as patients are admitted to hospital, we try to identify an estimated date they’ll be discharged. This ensures we all have a goal to work towards as we know nobody wants to be here for longer than is necessary.”

The Trust says patients can help by following some easy steps:

- Setting an expected date for when they’ll be able to leave the hospital

- Planning for transport home as soon as possible

- Discussing any aids and adaptations they might need with their care teams

- Ensuring the hospital’s checklist for discharge has been completed including the need for any prescription medicines being picked up

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