The NHS Dundee Discharge Team and Dundee City Council’s Hospital Social Work Team have integrated to create a joint Discharge Hub. All referrals from Ninewells and Royal Victoria Hospitals now come to the hub where they are jointly screened and a decision made about which professional is best placed to assume responsibility for the piece of work.
This is reducing duplication, and further building on the existing multi-disciplinary relationships within both teams. The patient's journey through the hospital system is streamlined with the ultimate aim being timely discharge to a community setting. The aim is to minimise unnecessary moves for patients, and to ensure they see the right person with the right skills at the right time for them. By improving the discharge pathway, we are also contributing to the reduction in unnecessary bed days in hospital which in turn addresses the Scottish Government's delayed discharge targets.