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New discharge unit frees up beds

Staff say they will be able to free up beds more quickly following the opening of a new patient discharge lounge at Lincoln County Hospital.

The lounge, twice the size of the old one, provides extra accommodation for patients who are waiting to be discharged from hospital.

Staff say it means people can be discharged more easily, improving patient flow.

They said new patients will now have quicker access to beds.

'Real improvement'

Sister Sue Ranson said: "The new facility will provide an area for two beds, as well as seating for between 16 and 20 patients waiting to be discharged from hospital on the day.

"These are people who are either waiting for an ambulance or private transport to take them home, or for their medications to be dispensed.

"The new lounge is twice the size of the old facility and is located on the end of the main hospital ground floor corridor which enables ambulances to pull up directly outside at the ambulance drop-off point.

"It is a real improvement."

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