Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with the following information:

1. Does the Trust have a discharge policy in place that requires patients to leave hospital after a specified period of time, if they are medically fit but remain in hospital because they (or their family) have been unable to:

a. Choose a preferred residential or nursing home? See Protocol below
b. Arrange a care package at home?
See Protocol below
c.  Find suitable alternative housing (e.g. sheltered/retirement housing, extra care)? See Protocol below

Please provide copies of any relevant policy documents.  The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to ‘Surrey Joint Protocol Of Choice for Good Practice to Facilitate Timely Discharge for People Needing Long Term Care’ – guidance attached below.

Surrey Joint Protocol of Choice

1. How many patients have been affected by this policy in the past 12 months? Please provide an overall number, and if possible also provide a breakdown by:

a.  Age (over 65 or under 65)
b. Reason for the policy being enacted (as in question 1)

In the past 12 months the Trust has issued five letters to patients affected by this policy all of whom were aged over 65 years.

Four were pertaining to question 1a above – Choose a preferred residential or nursing home

One pertained to question 1b above – Arrange a care package at home

3. Does the Trust have plans to develop such a policy within the next 12 months? N/A – already implemented

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