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Home to Assess: GWH pilots new scheme for earlier discharge to free up beds & relieve pressure on A&E

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Home to Assess: GWH pilots new scheme for earlier discharge to free up beds & relieve pressure on A&E

No one can keep admitting sick people to a hospital if those whose treatment is complete and are ready to go home are not leaving the wards.  

Blocked beds - also known as 'delayed transfers of care' (DTOCS for short) - cost the NHS dearly and cause longer queues

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STP WATCH: "Time for change" - full plan for future of Wiltshire's NHS to go public in three weeks

Written by Tony Millett on .

STP WATCH:

It is forecast to be 'fairly uncontroversial', but the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the area that includes Wiltshire dominated the AGM of the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in Salisbury on Tuesday (November 22.)  

We have already had a published summary of the plan, which mainly spelled

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STP WATCH: neighbouring NHS 'footprint' to save millions by cutting number of registered nurses

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STP WATCH: neighbouring NHS 'footprint' to save millions by cutting number of registered nurses

Keeping an eye on forthcoming NHS changes that may also affect or influence plans for our area:

A neighbouring Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) area - or 'footprint' - has declared its intention to cut its workforce costs by £34,200,000.

The Buckingham, Oxfordshire and Berkshire STP area's newly published document

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The NHS in crisis: Wiltshire's health services hit by staff shortages - and we have not got to Brexit yet

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The NHS in crisis: Wiltshire's health services hit by staff shortages - and we have not got to Brexit yet

The NHS is all things to most people. It has been called a super tanker (slow to turn around), Britain's answer to Americans' 'motherhood and apple pie', an organisation so big it can be seen from space (like the Great Wall of China, but much more useful), the Daily Mail'sfavourite

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Great Western Hospital: as the junior doctors plan their strikes, patient safety and staff shortages still top the agenda

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Great Western Hospital: as the junior doctors plan their strikes, patient safety and staff shortages still top the agenda

Thursday morning (September 1) and GWH's Academy, down in the hospital's extensive basement, is full of staff from many departments and members of the board.  They were all listening to an inspiring talk on patient safety - the start of a day-long Speak Out on Safety event.

The speaker

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In the midst of its worst financial storm the NHS is hit by a perfect media storm

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In the midst of its worst financial storm the NHS is hit by a perfect media storm

The secrecy surrounding attempts to re-fashion NHS services - and keep them within the government's tight funding limits - has suddenly become a major issue of media interest - and of public interest as well.

We first reportedon the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) last March.  Since then deadlines for

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