Age UK: There needs to be 'discharge planning'

Age UK's public services programmes manager Ruth Isden said: "It can be a very distressing time going into hospital for older people. They might be very unwell, vulnerable, very frail and what's incredibly important...is proper discharge planning."

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Patients 'unfairly' discharged

The NHS has said "it is simply not fair to be sending people home late at night" after revelations that 8000 patients a week, some elderly and vulnerable, are being sent home from hospital in the middle of the night to relieve pressure on beds.