Improved care for elderly could 'free up 7,000 hospital beds'

The BBC has reported that if urgent care services in England were better organised this would “free up 7,000 beds – 6% of the total – saving the NHS nearly £500m a year”. This headline is based on a think tank report that looked at how people over the age of 65 in England used urgent care services.

The report found that there was a four-fold difference between the number of beds used after emergency admissions and length of stay between the areas at the top and bottom of the scale.

 

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