Reducing Long Stays in Hospital

Where’s best next campaign

It’s much better for a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically optimised for discharge. There’s a lot of evidence to support this. Yet each year, nearly 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in acute hospitals.

This is why it’s so important we do everything we can to enable our patients, particularly older people, to continue their recovery in their own home environment or, for those few who cannot go straight home from hospital, within a care location most suited to their needs. So in Doncaster, health and care staff will be supporting national thinking of ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ every day.

There are five key themes of the campaign and each relate to the different stages of a patient’s stay: some to the moment of admission, some to their time on a ward and some to the end of their stay.

The following themes are for information only and mostly apply to health and care staff. But it is important that all patients, carers and their families know about each theme:

A number of resources are available for health and care staff and can be accessed via the NHS England and NHS Improvement website. These resources will help your nurse, doctor, consultant and many other staff involved in your care help to plan for a healthy and safe discharge as soon as possible.