Publish date: 15 March 2023

Last week, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to welcome its 2,000th patient to its Discharge Lounge located at Leighton Hospital in Crewe.    

Joan, pictured with staff, was very excited to become the Trust’s 2,000th patient to be transferred to the Discharge Lounge which opened in August last year and her smile couldn’t have been any bigger.  

The lounge is a designated area for patients that are waiting for their medications or transport when they are medically fit to leave the hospital to their planned discharge destination.    

Jane Tordoff, Matron, said: “The lounge is staffed by nurses and HCA’s who work closely with ward staff, transport, social services and pharmacy to ensure patient’s safe discharge from the hospital.    

“The purpose of the lounge is to provide patients with a comfortable, safe space to await the final stage of their discharge. The benefits of using the discharge lounge are that the dispensing of take-home medication and transport are prioritised to ensure that patients get home earlier in the day, reducing unnecessary delays and providing a much improved patient experience’’.  

The Discharge Lounge is open Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm and is located on the ground floor blue corridor at Leighton Hospital.