The campaign supports a wider set of initiatives to improve patient flow through hospitals which will positively impact overall patient care at all stages of the patient journey.
Primarily, the patient getting home in time for lunch gets them back to a more comfortable home environment which avoids the well-known risks associated with prolonged hospital stays, especially with older patients. Additionally, a patient home in time for lunch frees up one more hospital bed allowing:
- Acute Medical Assessment (AMU) patients to move into a specialist ward to get the right team around them for their care needs.
- A&E patients requiring rapid assessments to move into the AMU for treatment.
- Ambulances waiting be able to transfer patients into an A&E care environment.
- Freeing up of Ambulances to respond to new emergency calls in the community.
Commenting, Morag Gardner, Deputy Nurse Director at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:
“We are incredibly grateful and thankful in advance to patient friends and families, as well as the staff, that support and encourage Home for Lunch this winter. Making a few simple arrangements in advance can make a huge difference and the patient transition from hospital to home as seamless as possible.“If a patient is well enough to leave hospital, the last thing they want to be doing is waiting around on the ward to go home. Equally, it is better for their overall recovery to be in the comfort of their home. This campaign enables that and, in doing so, we improve discharge efficiency and relieve pressures for overall hospital flow. This becomes increasingly vital in the winter months.”