New lounge to help DRI discharges

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Patients ready for discharge from Doncaster Royal Infirmary now have a new lounge to relax in while they wait for medication or transport.

The £135,000 Discharge Lounge is open between 8am and 8.30pm Monday to Friday and accommodates up to 17 patients.

As well as two seating areas, the lounge has beds for male and female patients being discharged to nursing homes or being transferred to other hospitals.

All adult-based clinical services at Doncaster Royal Infirmary use the new facility.

Nursing and quality director Hilary Bond said: “Making sure patients leave the ward when they’re ready to go home is proving invaluable in ensuring new admissions to the hospital get a bed much more quickly - this will be particularly important during the coming winter when we’re generally very busy.”