Waiting-space set up for discharged patients at NRH.

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BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) has set aside two waiting space for discharged patients.

The idea of having a waiting lounge for discharged patients came up following the current issue of bed shortage and overcrowding at the emergency department (ED).

Dr George Malefoasi, chief executive officer for NRH, said having a space for discharged patients is one specific measure undertaken to address the matter of bed shortage and overcrowding at the ED.

“We have identified tow space to be transformed to waiting time for discharged patients and these are spaces next to old morgue and space next to dental space while waiting for their transports and family members to pick them up,” Malefoasi said.

He said these measures are to ensure when patients leave, they have proper discharge plans.

Malefoasi stressed that one of many ‘discharged’ protocols they are working on is by 10am all patients should be out from their beds and cleaning to take place soon after.

He said if the measures are up and running the NRH will not encounter the issue of bed shortage.


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