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Why not home? Why not today?

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Evidence shows it’s much better for a patient’s physical and mental wellbeing to leave hospital as soon as they are medically optimised for discharge. This helps them avoid some of the risks associated with longer hospital stays, such as infections and the loss of independence and mobility.

Yet each year, nearly 350,000 patients spend three weeks or more in hospital.

This is why it’s so important we tackle this together. We need to think ‘Why not home? Why not today?’. And we need to think it every day, for every patient.

We need to support our patients, particularly older people, to continue their recovery in their own home environment or, for those few who cannot go straight home from hospital, within a care location most suited to their needs.

We are all responsible for reducing long stays and there are specific actions that each of us can take.
For practical advice, visit england.nhs.uk/wherebestnext