Why not at home? Why not today?

Why not at home? Why not today?

Why not at home? Why not today?

Why not home? Why not today?

In June 2018, a national ambition was announced by the Secretary of State for Health to lower bed occupancy in hospitals by reducing the number of long stays (21 days or more). A reduction target of 40% has been set for 2019/20, with the aim to reduce the risk of harm to patients from physical and mental deconditioning that could be caused by long hospital stays.

We are pleased to hear that NHS England and NHS Improvement have developed a staff facing campaign to help reduce length of hospital stays, called ‘Where best next?’

We know that home is best and we have been helping patients recover in their own homes after a long hospital stay for many years, the results of which have been extremely positive.

NHS England announced that it is “much better for a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically optimised for discharge. There’s lots 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. Think ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ every day.

“Making this happen is a team effort and we all have a part to play. As healthcare professionals, there are several practical actions you can take to help get patients to the best place for them.

Hilton Nursing Partners have been working with District Councils and NHS Trusts to provide exactly this forward thinking way of providing effective patient recovery. We welcome #WhereBestNext and look forward to continuing to contribute to quick hospital discharge where care can be delivered at home providing patient recovery on their terms in their own home  #homeisbest