UHNM asks families for help in discharging relatives

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is appealing for immediate support from the relatives of patients being discharged home today.

Due to a high number of admissions and a large number of acutely unwell patients already on wards, both of our hospitals are now at full capacity. UHNM will be making additional staff available today to focus on safely bringing forward the discharge of patients who are medically fit to go home. Clinicians will be contacting the families of those patients being discharged asking for immediate support to take their relative home. The high number of patients on wards who are medically fit to go home is currently preventing other patients from being admitted, leading to long waiting times.

Dr John Oxtoby, Medical Director, said: "We're appealing for the support of all those families with a relative in hospital to help get them home today. If you are called by the ward informing you that your relative is going home today, please take immediate action to either collect them or to prepare their home for their arrival. I would also ask all those not in a serious or life-threatening emergency to use your GP, local pharmacy or NHS111. I would like to apologise to all those patients waiting to be admitted to a bed and reassure them that we are doing everything we can to speed up their admission."​