THE number of people kept in Lothian hospitals for non-clinical reasons has dropped
to the lowest level since national record-keeping began, according to new figures
from ISD Scotland.
NHS Lothian and its partner local authorities were successful in cutting the number
of people in this position to just 89 at the April 2007 national census.
Delayed discharges are people who are kept in hospital after the completion of their
treatment because of a lack of suitable places for them to be discharged to.
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