Worthing Hospital facing fine for discharge failures

FAILURE to comply with the rules when patients leave hospital could land Worthing Hospital with a fine.

NHS Coastal West Sussex has warned Western Sussex Foundation Trust it will face a financial penalty if it does not act fast.

The Clinical Commiss-ioning Group heard on Wednesday there had been an ongoing problem with discharge summaries.

Dr Tim Kimber, clinical director, said there should be a direct electronic discharge straight to GPs.

“We have applied pressure and all sorts of reasons have been given as to why this is not happening,” he added.

He revealed the hospital was only 18 per cent compliant with the need for discharge summaries. As a result, the group was sending a notice of a financial penalty if a plan was not produced in two weeks.