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Home first approach

We know how important it is for our patients to know what care is being planned for them while they are in hospital and when they can expect to go home.

Ensuring that our patients are able to make progress through their treatment without any delays is rooted in our approach at UHS.

It’s much better for a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically ready for discharge. Yet each year, nearly 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in acute hospitals.

This is why it’s so important we do everything we can to enable our patients, particularly older people, to continue their recovery in their own home environment or, for those who cannot go straight home from hospital, within a care location most suited to their needs. We want out staff to be asking, ‘Why not home? Why not today?’ every day.

At UHS we are using the 'Where best next?' campaign alongside the SAFER care bundle to pull together a number of nationally recommended approaches to improve the way in which care is planned, communicated and delivered.

We want our patients to feel empowered to be able to ask about their care plan. If you are in hospital, or are supporting a relative who is, please don’t hesitate to ask the team caring for you to clarify questions such as:

  • What is the matter with me?
  • Who is looking after me?
  • What is going to happen today?
  • What is needed to get me home?
  • When am I going home?

By embedding this approach involving the whole UHS community, our aim at is to ensure that everything is being done to progress our patients through their treatment with us with fewer delays.