Cumbria patients stranded in hospital

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

OLDER people are facing long stays in hospital because of pressures in Cumbria’s health and care sectors, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Care Quality Commission inspectors have reviewed how patients over the age of 65 in the county move from the hospital environment to the care sector.

A 53-page report published on Tuesday reveals that patients are facing waits to be discharged because of delays in organising their care after a hospital stay. Some home care packages are not available and there is a shortage of care home places and staff, the review found.

Some patients are being discharged from hospitals with cannulas still attached, or badly-fitted feeding pegs, the review said. This could lead to another trip back to hospital — further exacerbating the bed-blocking problem.

Stephen Eames, chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria NHS Foundation Partnership said progress had been made since February’s inspection.

“We have already been successful in reducing our delayed transfers of care, making sure people who are medically fit to leave our hospitals in North Cumbria are getting home with the right support,” he said.

Full story in Saturday's paper