Fit and well Yorkshire hospital patient waits 449 days to be discharged

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A HOSPITAL patient in Yorkshire had to wait 449 days to be discharged, despite being medically fit to leave, a report has revealed.

The wait of nearly a year and a quarter was recorded on a 62-year-old patient who had been treated by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pinderfields in Wakefield, and wards in Dewsbury and Pontefract.

Almost three quarters of hospitals in England have had medically fit patients wait for more than 100 days to be discharged, the report suggests.

The report, gathered through data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, suggested that reasons for delays included a lack of home care, nursing home places and support for stroke patients, the BBC said.

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust was unable to discharge a stroke patient for 313 days due to a lack of care for the patient once outside hospital.

Overall, 45 of the 62 hospital trusts who provided information had seen patients unable to be discharged for more than 100 days over the last three years.

One patient at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust waited 342 days for a care home placement.

A paralysed patient waited for 324 days at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust near Oswestry, Shropshire, before discharge.

A National Audit Office report released earlier concluded that a Government plan to integrate health and social care is failing to save money or stem the rise in hospital admissions.

The NHS is suffering due to record-high numbers of delayed discharges, where patients are medically fit to leave hospital but there are delays in arranging their social care in the community.

Councils, which arrange and pay for some of the care, are also under huge pressure due to budget cuts.

Aliscia Coe, left, is pictured with sister Chelsea, and the Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens awared she was given ten years ago.
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