Preventing unsafe discharge from hospital

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Abstract

Patients and their families can have harrowing experiences after discharge from hospital; a Health Service Ombudsman report is calling for improved post-discharge support

Oxtoby K (2016) Preventing unsafe discharge from hospital. Nursing Times; 112: 25, 14-15.

A recent report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman revealed examples of poor hospital discharge to be considered in light of existing guidance. This article summarises the report's findings and recommendations for good practice when discharging patients.

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