Seven Tayside patients spend year in hospital due to discharge delays

Ninewells Hospital

Seven patients in Tayside have spent up to a year in hospital due to delays in having them discharged, figures have revealed.

Tayside had the second-highest rate of delayed discharge in the country, according to statistics provided by ISD Scotland — NHS Scotland’s data service.

The figures were compiled in December and show seven patients had been delayed in getting out of hospital for as many as 12 months and 11 had been kept in hospital for between six months and a year.

In Fife, figures show only a single patient remained delayed for between six months and a year, with none of the patients in hospital in December having been there for longer than 12 months.

Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus Health and social care partnerships all said they are working with clinical colleagues to reduce unnecessary delays.

A review is also under way in Perth and Kinross.