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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21091: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason statistics released by ISD record the NHS Grampian area as having the second highest number of adult mental health delayed discharges.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 January 2019

The annual Delayed Discharge census, published on 11 September 2018 shows that NHS Grampian recorded 8,600 bed days lost to delays in Mental Health specialties , putting them 5th highest of any Health Board in Scotland.

The three Health and Social Care Partnerships in Grampian are all good performers in relation to delayed discharge, making innovative use of care home and housing supply to provide step-down intermediate care in more homely settings. Aberdeen City is one of the most consistent performing partnership, with continual downward trends for the last 2 years.

Many partnerships, including those in Grampian are reporting that they are seeing a greater level of frailty and complexity in the patients experiencing delays, many of whom will have dementia, or other mental health conditions.