Over 4,300 bed days lost at LUH due to delayed discharges

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first_imgOver 4,350 bed days have been lost at Letterkenny University Hospital because of delayed discharges so far in 2019, new figures show.A lack of home help hours has been blamed for the number of patients who have to stay extra days in hospital, even though they have been deemed well enough by doctors to go home. However, without a lack of step-down care or community-based respite support they are unable to leave.Figures revealed to Fianna Fáil show 197,160 bed days have been lost for the first ten months of the year nationwide. 6,519 bed days have been lost in the north west’s hospitals at Sligo and Letterkenny since January 1st 2019. Each bed day is a 24-hour hospital stay for a patient. Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Marc Mac Sharry commented, “Until the government get serious on delivering home care supports we are going to see a rise in bed days lost. Since the start of this year we have lost 2169 bed days in Sligo University Hospital and 4350 in Letterkenny University Hospital. We have 6519 bed days lost in the North West.“Behind these numbers are people in hospital, who do not need to be there and do not want to be there, but the required step-down services are not in place to support their discharge from hospital.“As well as the mental health and physical health detriments to the patient there are knock-on consequences for other services in the hospital which become stretched.“What we need is more home support hours, home care packages and respite support for families.  It is only once these measures are in place that we will see an easing of the delayed discharge numbers,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry. Over 4,300 bed days lost at LUH due to delayed discharges was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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