Patients at Grantham Hospital are able to relax and unwind before leaving hospital after it secured the budget for a discharge lounge.
The hospital now has a permanent lounge in the hospital with the help of a staff budget of £40,000.
The lounge, situated next to the day surgery unit, is a place where patients can stay while they wait for transport or family members to collect them.
John Boulton, matron for surgery, said: “The lounge allows us to move patients who are going home and that frees up beds which makes for a better flow of patients through the hospital. If we know patients are going home we can arrange for them to come here to wait for transport or relatives to pick them up. They can sit in comfort, watch TV and there is a separate toilet.
“It also allows us to make sure that patients are ready to go home, make sure they have the medication and transport they need.”
On any one day, between eight and 12 patients will use the lounge. It can mean the difference between a patient having to wait in A&E for a bed or being admitted as soon as they need one.
Mr Boulton added: “It’s something we have wanted to do for a while. We figured it out and found the money to fund it.”
Rachel Ryder, day ward sister, said: “I am a carer so I know how difficult it can be to get time off to collect relatives. This gives carers some flexibility in their day because it’s hard when you work full- time.
“It also makes a difference here because our bed stock is small at Grantham.”
Day patient Cynthia McLaren said she thought the lounge looked very nice. She added: “They didn’t have one last time I was here. It will be a good place to chat to other patients and to wait to be picked up. I am lucky today because my son isn’t at work and he can pick me up.”