Forum: Reality discharge planning


“I have just locumed in a small regional town that services several quite rural and remote communities. Patients are discharged from a QH hospital and their drive home can be three to four hors. I was disheartened to receive many hospital prescriptions for items that we do not routinely stock and have to tell the patient that I would have to order it in and they would need to do the three hour drive back to us the next day.

Why can’t the discharge planner look at the address and know that Clairview is quite a distance from Mackay? Why can’t these DPs ask the patient who their regular pharmacy is and check with us if we have these more rare medicatons to enble the patient to obtain them elsewhere before driving home then back again? we used to receive these calls? What happened to the human element in discharge planning?”

 
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