Criteria-led discharge to be implemented on Kate Evelyn Luard ward in Basildon Hospital.
Kate Evelyn Luard (KEL) ward is an elective orthopaedic ward caring for patients from a range of age groups who require elective orthopaedic surgery and need to stay in hospital for up to three days. They will be implementing criteria-led discharge from Wednesday, 5 December.
With pressures on bed capacity and the need to increase patient flow through the hospital, criteria-led discharge is one way of improving this. Faster patient discharge will improve patient safety and the patient experience by reducing unnecessary length of stay in hospital.
Criteria-led discharge involves a multidisciplinary team (MDT) who undertake discharge using clinical criteria to guide it.
Healthcare assistant on KEL, Laura Hurst, said: “I anticipate that this will improve staff morale. Staff will be able to discharge patients when ready rather than having to wait unnecessarily.”
Sister Cresmarie Nerona, also from KEL, added: “I am looking forward to delivering more efficient care and being more autonomous in my practise.”
Members of the MDT who will be directly involved with KEL’s patients have been invited to attend an engagement event on Tuesday 4 December (12 to 1pm) in KEL’s multidisciplinary team room. A short presentation will be given outlining the processes for achieving criteria-led discharge and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions.