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Hospital trust defends patient discharge rate.

THE chairman of the trust which runs Solihull Hospital has refuted claims it is among the worst offenders in the country for discharging patients in the middle of the night.

THE chairman of the trust which runs Solihull Hospital has refuted claims it is among the worst offenders in the country for discharging patients in the middle of the night.

Hospital trusts were criticised for discharging patients, many elderly and vulnerable, late in the evening and in the early hours of the morning. A Freedom of Information request by The Times newspaper revealed the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust released around seven per cent of its patients during the night.

In a statement, Lord Philip Hunt, Chairman of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Of the 130,527 patients discharged in 2011/12, 8,796 were discharged between 11pm and 6am which is 6.7 per cent.

“The figures provided include deaths and patients who self discharge, maternity and admission/decision unit discharges, where it is appropriate to discharge patients on a 24-hour basis. If we take these from the figure this leaves 831 patients discharged between 11pm and 6am, which equates to 1.4 per cent of all patients. Discharges at night do not occur because of lack of beds but because patients are seen in and discharged from assessment areas as they do not need admission.”

 

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