Hereford County Hospital launches "departure lounge"

Sister Dawn Midson (left) WVT Complex Discharge Lead with her

Sister Dawn Midson (left) WVT Complex Discharge Lead with her "departure lounge" team

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Hereford County Hospital is to have a “departure lounge” to beat bed blocking.

The lounge, created close to the hospital’s main entrance for patients ready to go home, opens next Tuesday (April 22).

“Patients can end up waiting to go home in beds or chairs on wards for a variety of reasons,” said Neil Doverty, chief operating officer with Wye Valley NHS Trust.

“Sometimes they’ve got to wait while our pharmacy gets hold of the medication they need, other times it can be because they’re got to wait on a relative to collect them.

“But whatever the reason, the new discharge lounge will mean patients who are ready to go home will be able to wait in fit for purpose area which more suits their needs, and it also frees up beds on our wards which means other sick patients who need to be treated can get onto a ward more quickly,” he said.

Open from Monday to Friday between 9am-8pm, the lounge can take 12 patients at a time and will be staffed to cope with a wide variety of medical and clinical needs.

It will stay open in the evening to cater for patients who are being collected by relatives who may be at work during the day.

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3:49pm Wed 16 Apr 14

mizza21 says...

I had a complex discharge once.
It was a pinkish red hue along with the usual yellowness.
I panicked a bit at first but then I remembered I had been woofing a lot of beetroot salad the previous day and it had turned my discharge a bit red.
I had a complex discharge once. It was a pinkish red hue along with the usual yellowness. I panicked a bit at first but then I remembered I had been woofing a lot of beetroot salad the previous day and it had turned my discharge a bit red. mizza21
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4:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

'Departure lounge' is an unfortunate name. 'Discharge lounge' equally unfortunate, as mizza21 alludes to. We need some blue sky thinking for a suitably inspiring and forward looking nomenclature. bobby47 is our man for that job.
'Departure lounge' is an unfortunate name. 'Discharge lounge' equally unfortunate, as mizza21 alludes to. We need some blue sky thinking for a suitably inspiring and forward looking nomenclature. bobby47 is our man for that job. TwoWheelsGood
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8:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

littlewhitebull says...

I often have a discharge when I leave the departure lounge at Edgar Street; usually called tears of remorse.
I often have a discharge when I leave the departure lounge at Edgar Street; usually called tears of remorse. littlewhitebull
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5:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

WYSIATI says...

Departure lounge indeed - I thought it was for people leaving under much less happy circumstances (please tell me that those departures are via another route).

I am surely being thick but looks like they have added a number of beds - so we have some beds to stop people blocking beds - don't know why it didn't occur to someone sooner.
Departure lounge indeed - I thought it was for people leaving under much less happy circumstances (please tell me that those departures are via another route). I am surely being thick but looks like they have added a number of beds - so we have some beds to stop people blocking beds - don't know why it didn't occur to someone sooner. WYSIATI
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8:35am Thu 17 Apr 14

Chaltis says...

As a driver for a charity which takes people to/from Hereford hospital, I think this is a great idea. Freeing up beds sooner than otherwise is a laudable aim. But it's also more dignified and comfortable place to wait for formal discharge from hospital, and a return home.
As a driver for a charity which takes people to/from Hereford hospital, I think this is a great idea. Freeing up beds sooner than otherwise is a laudable aim. But it's also more dignified and comfortable place to wait for formal discharge from hospital, and a return home. Chaltis
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1:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

NOT CONVINCED says...

We need Bensons to open a store next to the hospital, then they could convert this lounge to a proper treatment ward, and use Bensons as the departure lounge
We need Bensons to open a store next to the hospital, then they could convert this lounge to a proper treatment ward, and use Bensons as the departure lounge NOT CONVINCED
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1:52pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Ubique1 says...

Chaltis wrote:
As a driver for a charity which takes people to/from Hereford hospital, I think this is a great idea. Freeing up beds sooner than otherwise is a laudable aim. But it's also more dignified and comfortable place to wait for formal discharge from hospital, and a return home.
Thanks for that information , it's people like you you know and tell it as it is.

As other have said the name "Departure Lounge" is perhaps not the best title
[quote][p][bold]Chaltis[/bold] wrote: As a driver for a charity which takes people to/from Hereford hospital, I think this is a great idea. Freeing up beds sooner than otherwise is a laudable aim. But it's also more dignified and comfortable place to wait for formal discharge from hospital, and a return home.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that information , it's people like you you know and tell it as it is. As other have said the name "Departure Lounge" is perhaps not the best title Ubique1
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