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Delayed discharge: we need to fix the wait for take-home drugs

All too often, a delay to patient discharge can be traced to the pharmacy. With acute beds at a premium, isn’t it time we made the process smoother?

All too often, a delay to patient discharge can be traced to the pharmacy. With acute beds at a premium, isn’t it time we made the process smoother?

‘Is that Ms Bates? This is ward 7. Just to say that your relative is ready for collection.’

I envisioned my aunt sitting in her dressing gown on a conveyor belt, clutching her discharge letter and her bottle of Lucozade and me exchanging her for a numbered ticket.

Consigned to another night on the ward

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