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Extra pressure on Royal Sussex County Hospital as 'bed-blocking' patients tie up resources

The Argus: Extra pressure on Royal Sussex County Hospital as 'bed-blocking' patients tie up resources Extra pressure on Royal Sussex County Hospital as 'bed-blocking' patients tie up resources

Dozens of bed-blocking patients are languishing in hospital because nursing home and rehabilitation beds cannot be found for them.

About 50 patients are being cared for at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath despite being ready to be discharged.

The delays are putting extra pressure on both hospitals, which are already operating on red alert following an increase in demand this winter.


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Despite the pressures, about one in 15 of the 763 beds at both hospitals are currently filled by people who do not need to be there.

Some of the patients, many of whom are elderly, are also delayed because they are waiting for arrangements to be made to provide extra support in their own homes.

Bed shortages have a knock on effect on accident and emergency departments because it means patients face long waits for spaces to become available on wards.

The easier it is for staff to discharge patients who no longer need hospital care into a community bed, the quicker patients who need treatment can be admitted.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs both hospitals, is working with community organisations across the city to try to clear the backlog.

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The trust and Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for making sure enough community beds are available in the city, were awarded £2.3 million extra Government funding to help ease pressure on the Royal Sussex this winter.

The CCG says it is hoping to temporarily increase the number of community beds in the city, which currently stands at 71, to help speed up the number of patients being discharged.

A hospital trust spokeswoman said yesterday: “Today there are around 50 patients in our beds who do need some sort of care but no longer need acute hospital care.

“This seriously impacts on our ability to keep the hospital working as it should and particularly to admit patients from the emergency department in a timely way.

“We are working extremely closely with all the organisations and agencies who provide nursing home and rehabilitation beds, and homecare packages, to reduce this number as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime some of the changes and improvements we have made over the last 12 months are helping us to better manage peaks in demand and pressure within the hospital.”

A spokeswoman for the CCG said: “Health and social care services are always under more pressure over winter and, in particular, over the Christmas period.

“As such we have planned for this and increased community beds and other services where possible to make the system more flexible.

“However this week there has been a larger than expected rise in patients needing rehabilitation beds, services at home and nursing home beds.

“As a result we are currently looking at increasing capacity in the community further for a short period but in the longer term we will continue to look at what else is needed in community services to ensure the system is able to be flexible even at very busy times.”

A campaign is being run urging people to consider alternatives to A&E this winter to help ease pressures.

For more details visit www.wecouldbeheroes.nhs.uk.

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7:59am Sat 11 Jan 14

Balmy zephyrs says...

Time this was sorted out ! The Trust and CCG managers are not worth their inflated wages ...... Resign
Time this was sorted out ! The Trust and CCG managers are not worth their inflated wages ...... Resign Balmy zephyrs
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9:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

Morpheus says...

We have had over 70 years of the State taking over our lives. All political parties have been telling us to trust them, pay our taxes and they will provide everything we need from cradle to grave. Eventually the money needed is more than they can raise from tax. But when this situation is reached, as now, people have forgotten how to be responsible for themselves and they don't have any money either because the state has taken it or people have spent it because they believe the state will provide.
We have had over 70 years of the State taking over our lives. All political parties have been telling us to trust them, pay our taxes and they will provide everything we need from cradle to grave. Eventually the money needed is more than they can raise from tax. But when this situation is reached, as now, people have forgotten how to be responsible for themselves and they don't have any money either because the state has taken it or people have spent it because they believe the state will provide. Morpheus
  • Score: -2

11:12am Sat 11 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

It took me 9 months for a simple test my specialist wanted I cancelled my specialist appointment twice as the test had not been carried out so I did not want to waste his time.Also the term bed blocking is not right if the patient cant be discharged safely they quite simply need the bed.Another large problem is the last few governments have increased the population by millions without providing public services for them.Lives must be getting lost my own experience of long waits for just tests frightens me,when waiting for a colonoscopy there was even a waiting time before even the waiting list was opened due to excessive demand.So in effect you have got to wait even to get onto the long waiting lists.I wonder if this government is paving the way for privatisation?.Its happening all over the NHS nearby the southlands hospital as almost been shut down in shoreham.
It took me 9 months for a simple test my specialist wanted I cancelled my specialist appointment twice as the test had not been carried out so I did not want to waste his time.Also the term bed blocking is not right if the patient cant be discharged safely they quite simply need the bed.Another large problem is the last few governments have increased the population by millions without providing public services for them.Lives must be getting lost my own experience of long waits for just tests frightens me,when waiting for a colonoscopy there was even a waiting time before even the waiting list was opened due to excessive demand.So in effect you have got to wait even to get onto the long waiting lists.I wonder if this government is paving the way for privatisation?.Its happening all over the NHS nearby the southlands hospital as almost been shut down in shoreham. clubrob6
  • Score: 3

11:15am Sat 11 Jan 14

redwing says...

Morpheus wrote:
We have had over 70 years of the State taking over our lives. All political parties have been telling us to trust them, pay our taxes and they will provide everything we need from cradle to grave. Eventually the money needed is more than they can raise from tax. But when this situation is reached, as now, people have forgotten how to be responsible for themselves and they don't have any money either because the state has taken it or people have spent it because they believe the state will provide.
A quick viewing by you of Ken Loach's recent film '"The Spirit of '45" might do wonders.
I can't quite see how the pensioners who were children then , or indeed their parents) could individually take responsibility for their lives filled with the horrors of bedbugs, overcrowded and damp housing, and demands for payment for every single visit to the doctor. But together we sorted it and could do again for today's ills, if we weren't falling for the Imposed Poverty ("Austerity") agenda (summed up neatly by the lies and distortion in your second and third sentence.)
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: We have had over 70 years of the State taking over our lives. All political parties have been telling us to trust them, pay our taxes and they will provide everything we need from cradle to grave. Eventually the money needed is more than they can raise from tax. But when this situation is reached, as now, people have forgotten how to be responsible for themselves and they don't have any money either because the state has taken it or people have spent it because they believe the state will provide.[/p][/quote]A quick viewing by you of Ken Loach's recent film '"The Spirit of '45" might do wonders. I can't quite see how the pensioners who were children then , or indeed their parents) could individually take responsibility for their lives filled with the horrors of bedbugs, overcrowded and damp housing, and demands for payment for every single visit to the doctor. But together we sorted it and could do again for today's ills, if we weren't falling for the Imposed Poverty ("Austerity") agenda (summed up neatly by the lies and distortion in your second and third sentence.) redwing
  • Score: 1

12:36pm Sat 11 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

If all the big businesses in the UK actually paid the amount of tax they should be paying on the enormous profits they make, there would not be any problems at all. Our NHS could have treble the amount it currently does.

Companies like Amazon, Boots, BHS, Topshop, Vodaphone are too blame for the lack of money and why is our government borrowing so much money when it should be making these corporations pay instead of making their CEO's Lords in the house of commons, it's corrupt.
If all the big businesses in the UK actually paid the amount of tax they should be paying on the enormous profits they make, there would not be any problems at all. Our NHS could have treble the amount it currently does. Companies like Amazon, Boots, BHS, Topshop, Vodaphone are too blame for the lack of money and why is our government borrowing so much money when it should be making these corporations pay instead of making their CEO's Lords in the house of commons, it's corrupt. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Caute3 says...

Always the elderly who get the blame isn't it? Substitute 'elderly' for 'black' or 'jewish' or 'muslim' or whatever you like, then read the statement.... Not that I believe a word the Royal Sussex say since they were all too happy to kick my mum out of hospital on 24 December Xmas 2012 with pneumonia. Don't say they've learnt, killing off patients by prematurely discharging them is not a good idea? 15 you say? Doesn't the Royal Sussex have day rooms or a cafe? Oh no.. I remember, they don't.
Always the elderly who get the blame isn't it? Substitute 'elderly' for 'black' or 'jewish' or 'muslim' or whatever you like, then read the statement.... Not that I believe a word the Royal Sussex say since they were all too happy to kick my mum out of hospital on 24 December Xmas 2012 with pneumonia. Don't say they've learnt, killing off patients by prematurely discharging them is not a good idea? 15 you say? Doesn't the Royal Sussex have day rooms or a cafe? Oh no.. I remember, they don't. Caute3
  • Score: -2

3:22pm Sat 11 Jan 14

hammerfan says...

Bed blocking is nothing new! Some people like to stay in hospital because they get fed, are kept warm and have shelter. This means they save on domestic bills and allow pension payments to build up. The rising population is a problem. In addition diseases like TB which were virtually eradicated have reappeared. Almost certainly arriving from Eastern Europe where they are endemic. The Labour party amongst others have scaremongered over NHS reform. The organisation should have been overhauled several times over since 1948.
Bed blocking is nothing new! Some people like to stay in hospital because they get fed, are kept warm and have shelter. This means they save on domestic bills and allow pension payments to build up. The rising population is a problem. In addition diseases like TB which were virtually eradicated have reappeared. Almost certainly arriving from Eastern Europe where they are endemic. The Labour party amongst others have scaremongered over NHS reform. The organisation should have been overhauled several times over since 1948. hammerfan
  • Score: -2

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