Unplanned hospital discharges may cause 'distress'

If patients are sent home without time to plan or without their family having prior notice, it could not only cause unnecessary distress but also increase the risk of having to return to hospital as an emergency readmission. It is essential that care is coordinated to effectively support the patient’s safe transition from hospital to home.

– Age UK Charity Director General Michelle Mitchell

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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.