Dozens of 'stranded patients' amid plea from Nuneaton's hospital

George Eliot Hospital
The hospital has issued an appeal due to the high number of 'stranded' patients on wards -Credit:CoventryLive

Dozens of 'stranded patients' have led to a plea being issued by Nuneaton's hospital. There are currently 51 patients at the George Eliot Hospital who are medically well enough to leave, but the hospital is struggling to discharge them.

It means that they are left stranded on the wards. This number, the Eliot has said, is high and has a knock-on impact on the rest of the hospital.

It means there is less bed capacity available for those in need of one, including people who need to be admitted from its under-pressure Accident and Emergency department. Dr Catherine Free, medical director at the Eliot, has issued an appeal to the community for help, especially relatives of those currently in hospital.

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"Our services are under very high pressure, and we are asking relatives to help ensure there are no delays in getting patients home when they are medically fit," she said. "By doing so we are able to direct resources to patients with greater medical need."

The hospital has stressed that there is 'no place like home' for patients. It says staying in hospital for longer than necessary has a negative impact on how well patients recover and can cause serious harm, impacting on a person’s health and well-being.

It says that support is available to patients' families to help them get their loves ones and relatives home. Information about this can be found on the hospital's website, under the 'no place like home' section here.

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