Health leaders encourage patient discharges to help with Easter pressures

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 March 2018

The NHS is encouraging healthy patients to be discharged from hospital during the Easter weekend.

The NHS is encouraging healthy patients to be discharged from hospital during the Easter weekend.

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Health leaders are encouraging people to help their loved ones return home from hospital before the Easter weekend.

Easter usually sees an increase in demand for NHS services and people are being asked to ‘do their bit’ to reduce pressures by making sure family members can return home promptly once they are fit to leave hospital.

Dr Lesley Ward, NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning groups’ urgent care leader, said: “An unnecessary hospital stay has a huge impact on hospital patient flow, especially in accident and emergency departments.

“People who need to be transferred to a ward are often unable to do so as there are a lack of available beds, some of which are occupied by patients who no longer need to be there.”

The free Service Finder app is available on smartphones and offers on-the-go advice of NHS services, while the NHS HANDi app provides expert advice and guidance on common childhood illnesses.

An online guide to health services over the Easter weekend is available at

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