New scheme to get QA Hospital patients home sooner 

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A NEW scheme to help patients be discharged sooner has been rolled out on some wards at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Home First is a new approach for the Cosham site which will get staff asking themselves ‘Why not home? Why not today?’.

It is hoped the project will increase the number of patient discharges.

Sarah Eggleton, director of integrated care, said: ‘Home First aims to discharge patients in a prompt, timely way, to their own homes wherever possible.

‘Home First requires minimal assessment in an acute hospital bed, and onwards assessment in a community setting, with the right support and care.’

The programme was rolled out last week on four wards at QA Hospital.