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Winter Impacts on NHS performance - How can this be monitored?

By Holly Barry | 06 Feb, 2017

BBC Health reports this morning that 9 in 10 hospitals were considered "overcrowded" this winter as patients took the time to write to the broadcasting company about their chaotic experience in hospitals across the UK.

The cause, is considered to be the lack of available services in the community which is causing more frail and elderly patients to be kept in primary care for longer periods of time. Without the additional support, exceptionally busy periods in hospitals are prolonged to accommodate for patients who cannot be discharged if their medical care has not finished .

It is evident that the NHS are facing undue pressure because of bed shortages, however, there are a number of additional factors which are increasing on the already heavy shoulders of our healthcare system, making matters more strenuous.

How do you feel this pressure can be lifted to meet the needs of more patients?

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Thomas Bauer Moderator Replied at 4:41 PM, 17 Feb 2017

Holly

You pose an interesting question... I know in America we have expanded services that were typically provided in the hospital setting to the out-patient or home health setting

How has this opportunity been resolved in other countries?

Tom

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