Digital tool to help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital

NHS England | April 2019 | Digital tool to help reduce avoidable lengthy stays in hospital

A new digital tool has been developed to enable staff to easily identify care homes that have spaces for patients, this will save hours spent phoning to determine if there is availability.

The new portal, being introduced by councils and the NHS, will mean that patients who require a care home placement will be supported to leave hospital sooner.  The tool has been trialled in the North, Devon and Berkshire last year,  with over 6000 care home already signed up to use it and now thousands more can sign up to use it.

The Capacity Tracker- a digital portal- is accessible on any device, and takes care homes just 30 seconds to upload details of their available beds, helping health and social care staff to find the right services for individual patients, including those with dementia or a learning disability.

Further information is available at NHS England 

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