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Tackling Bed Blocking in the NHS: Greenstaff's Proactive Discharge Strategies

How to Avoid Bed Blocking in the NHS in the Ongoing Staffing Challenges 

The healthcare system is a symbol of pride and service, ensuring healthcare access to millions. However, like any healthcare system set in place to provide the best care, it may face its share of challenges, with bed blocking ranking high on that list. 


Bed blocking, or 'delayed transfer of care,' arises when patients who are ready for discharge continue to occupy hospital beds. While these patients no longer need hospital-level care, the lack of suitable arrangements outside the hospital means they must stay. This phenomenon puts undue pressure on these systems, leading to resource strain, increased costs, and prolonged waiting times for other patients. 


Greenstaff's Holistic Approach to Hospital Discharge 

Understanding the enormity of the bed-blocking issue, Greenstaff has pioneered strategies that facilitate not just quick, but effective and compassionate discharges. 


Swift Identification and Assessment 

Greenstaff's discharge teams act promptly, identifying patients eligible for discharge. Their comprehensive assessment ensures that the patients' subsequent care needs are clearly outlined and matched with the right service providers. 


Flexible Care Solutions for All 

Regardless of a patient's financial situation – whether self-funders or those on commissioned packages – Greenstaff has a vast network to find the best-suited carers. Our commitment lies in ensuring that every patient has access to quality care without delay. 


Seamless Communication with Care Providers 

One of Greenstaff's standout strategies is its streamlined communication channels with care providers. They work closely with home care agencies, nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centres, ensuring that patients transition smoothly and that their care continuum remains unbroken. 


Prioritising Palliative Care at Home 

For patients requiring palliative care, Greenstaff recognises the emotional and psychological benefits of being at home. They specialise in fast-tracking such patients, connecting them with skilled palliative care professionals who provide compassionate care in the comfort and familiarity of the patient's own home. 


Continuous Feedback and Improvement 

Greenstaff's dedication to enhancing the discharge process doesn't stop once a patient leaves the hospital. They actively seek feedback from patients, families, and care providers. This feedback loop ensures that they continuously refine their strategies, making the discharge process more efficient and patient-centric. 


How do we move forward with bed blocking?

While bed blocking remains a substantial challenge for the NHS, proactive solutions like Greenstaff's discharge strategies are paving the way for a better healthcare system. By bridging the gap between hospitals and post-discharge care, Greenstaff ensures that patients receive the care they need when they need it, ultimately aiding the NHS in offering timely care to all.

Are you looking for staff to assist you with alleviating the pressure? Get in touch with us today!