Fall in duration of patient stays at Lincoln County Hospital
The amount of time patients stay at Lincoln County Hospital is reducing.
New figures show a patient admitted to the hospital can expect to remain on site for an average of five-and-a-half days. This has fallen by more than a day.
The news was revealed in a presentation made by United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust directors at a health scrutiny meeting of Lincolnshire County Council.
Anna Temple, a spokesman for ULHT, said: "In 2011, senior health professionals and managers agreed priority standards to improve the quality and safety for patients who are admitted as an emergency or for planned care. These standards have been used to focus improvement and as a consequence the length of stay has been reduced.
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"The trust has invested approximately £200,000 to increase consultant numbers in the Emergency Assessment Unit at Lincoln.
"Wards are introducing daily rounds to ensure that patients who are newly admitted, whose condition is deteriorating or who are fit for discharge are seen.
"A new hospital bed planning system was introduced to reduce delays to discharge. And a new planning tool is being introduced on all medical and elderly wards to ensure that delays are reduced."
The news comes after it was revealed cancer patients at Lincoln County Hospital will benefit from a new dedicated occupational therapy service.
The occupational therapy department at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust secured two years of funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to develop a new service for oncology and haematology outpatients. The new service will provide occupational therapy for patients who are receiving active radiotherapy or chemotherapy, those who are due to have elective surgery and who need symptom management.
The chairman of the health and scrutiny committee at Lincolnshire County Council, Christine Talbot, said: "The committee were pleased with the presentation on the transformation programme and support all the endeavours of the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust.
"We look forward to a further progress report in six months to reassure ourselves that every effort is being made to improve services."