Yesterday, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman reported on a compliant regarding a patient not being informed during discharge form Newton Stewart Hospital, about the financial implications of being moved into a care home.
The Report has recommended that Dumfries and Galloway Health Board cover the costs of the patient’s nursing home fees and apologise for failing to ensure he was discharged in a reasonable way and, in particular, in a position to make an informed decision about the move to a nursing home.
Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:
“ I am deeply concerned at the failing that the Investigation Report has highlighted.
“I am meeting with the Chief Executive of the health board today to discuss what corrective measures have been put in place.
“Discharge from Hospital into the community is a very stressful time.
“Everything need to be done to ensure that patients are well informed and aware of the choices available.
“This sadly, has not been the patient’s experience in this case.
“Cottage Hospitals such as Newton Stewart Hospital, can play a vital role in rehabilitation and subsequent transition from hospital to home or residential care, particularly in rural areas where support can move easily be provide by family and friends.”