“If friends, families and carers are able to support the safe discharge of patients who are well enough to go home, we would really welcome their help and would advise they contact with the nurse in charge of their loved-one’s care.”
Giles Thorpe is Chief Nurse at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals.
He said: “There really is no place like home and getting our patients, if they are well enough, home for Easter is a big priority for us.
“No one wants to be in hospital any longer than they need to be, and if they can spend precious time with their families instead of being in one of our hospitals over the long weekend then we want to get them there. This will also help us with admitting people who may need to come to our A&E departments for urgent care and treatment.
“If you can help to get someone you love home safely so they can continue their recovery there, we will support you every step of the way with making that happen.
“We’ll also work closely with our partners across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) to make sure patients who can be discharged out of hospital leave our care quickly and safely.”