KGH suffers from cost of bed blockers

Bed blockers at Kettering General Hospital are causing 'vast' expense, according to a report to a health body
Bed blockers at Kettering General Hospital are causing 'vast' expense, according to a report to a health body
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Bed blockers at Kettering General Hospital are causing “vast” expense, according to a report to a health body.

The report by programme manager for urgent care Michael Kaiser to the county’s Health and Wellbeing board showed there are 70 people taking up beds that they do not need at Kettering Hospital - known as “delayed transfers”.

Mr Kaiser said: “There are 70 people in acute beds that they do not need to be in.

“The cost of that varies massively from patient to patient. Some patients’ length of stay is 150 days and they’ve been clinically stable since day 15. We’ve had huge lengths of stay that are inappropriate.

“The costs for these patients is vast - it’s a massive number.

“There are also 210 attendances at A&E each day which is continuing to rise.”

Urgent care bosses have spent six weeks looking at pathways taken by patients to ensure people are given care at the appropriate level.

Mr Kaiser also reported the hospital has improved its A&E service in recent months with high numbers of patients now being seen within four hours.