£2.13 million to beat bed blocking

The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders.
The Border General Hospital near Melrose in The Scottish Borders.

NHS Borders is top receive £2.13 million over the next three years in an effort to reduce the number of people waiting to be discharged.

This funding comes as part of £100 million to be invested in the NHS across Scotland, and is intended to help health boards and local authorities deliver good quality care and support for people at home or in a homely setting.

This in turn is aimed at preventing delays in discharge and preventing admissions to hospital and attendances at A&E.

Announcing the extra funding this week, Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Tackling delayed discharge is an absolute key priority for this government and today’s announcement of £100 million over the next three years is crucial to this effort.

“Reducing delayed discharge not only helps individual patients, who benefit from getting home or to a homely setting as quickly as possible, but also helps ease pressure across the system.

“However, this is about far more than just investment, it forms part of the Government’s overarching commitment to implementing the integration of health and social care services across Scotland.

“This will involve health boards working closer than ever with local government in a new relationship to deliver the right care to people in the right place at the right time.”

The funding comes after £10 million put towards tackling delayed discharge by the Scottish Government in 2014.

As bed-blocking figures across Scotland reached a four year high last year, NHS Borders followed the national trend.

Between January and March 2014, a total of 2,304 bed days were used up by delayed discharge patients - those judged clinically ready for discharge.

This figure rose to 2,544 bed days between April and June.