New lounge to help DRI discharges

Patients ready for discharge from Doncaster Royal Infirmary now have a new lounge to relax in while they wait for medication or transport.

Wednesday, 31st August 2011, 11:51 am

The £135,000 Discharge Lounge is open between 8am and 8.30pm Monday to Friday and accommodates up to 17 patients.

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As well as two seating areas, the lounge has beds for male and female patients being discharged to nursing homes or being transferred to other hospitals.

All adult-based clinical services at Doncaster Royal Infirmary use the new facility.

Nursing and quality director Hilary Bond said: “Making sure patients leave the ward when they’re ready to go home is proving invaluable in ensuring new admissions to the hospital get a bed much more quickly - this will be particularly important during the coming winter when we’re generally very busy.”