PATIENTS leaving hospital are being given extra helping hands, thanks to a new discharge team.
Two healthcare assistants at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been given the task of helping patients prepare for home.
Sue Slade and Susan Weekes have been working across the wards at HRI to help people with their departures.
The pair - dubbed the bedbusters - help to organise transport, make sure last questions are answered, collect and check medicines and prescriptions and make sure patients have all their belongings.
They then see them through to the departure lounge next to the ambulance bays to wait for transfer home.
The scheme was first tested in the medical assessment unit to improve patient flow.
It has now been expanded across all medical, surgical and elderly wards, to offer patients leaving hospital more support.
Matron Sian Bloomfield said the service had worked well.
She said: "We have had good feedback from patients who appreciate the time and the help and the personal touch.
"It means they can leave without unnecessary delays.
"It gives as smooth and as streamlined a transfer home for our patients as possible."