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Scotland calls for better clinical oversight and communication of care home discharge

Hospital discharges to care homes in Scotland can benefit from better clinical oversight and intra-organisational communication, according to a new Care Inspectorate report. The Scottish watchdog said in the Triennial review of initial case reviews and significant case reviews for adults (2019-2022): Learning from reviews document, published last month (January), that poorly planned hospital discharges were a “significant feature” in some cases.  Identified themes included poor communication, delays in the assessment of capacity, and not ensuring appropriate resources were in place to meet the adult’s needs on discharge. The report added that a contributing factor for some adults was that their stay in hospital was during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This required consideration and improvement across health and social care”, it said.

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By freelance social care writer Eleanore Robinson

 

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