PATIENTS in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are not sent home at night, it has been confirmed.
News of the policy for hospitals came after the medical director of the NHS promised action after it was reported that hundreds of thousands of patients were being sent home in the middle of the night to relieve pressure on beds.
Some 3.5% of all hospital discharges took place between 11pm and 6am, a rate that has held steady for the past five years, according to The Times.
The newspaper submitted Freedom of Information requests to all 170 NHS hospital trusts in England, asking for details of patients discharged between those hours.
But there is not a problem in Huddersfield or Calderdale, which runs both the Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital.
A trust spokesman said: “The only time we discharge home at night is from our A&E and assessment units and only when it is clinically safe and appropriate.”
Some 100 trusts responded to the survey, saying that 239,233 patients had been sent home at that time last year.
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, said last night: “I am concerned to hear that some patients may be being discharged unnecessarily late.
“Patients should only be discharged when it’s clinically appropriate, safe and convenient for them and their families.
“It is simply not fair to be sending people home late at night. We will look at this.”