Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has raised his concerns after new figures showed a sharp rise in delayed discharge across NHS Dumfries and Galloway.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP highlighted a rise of 666 in bed days that were lost in the local health board since February 2018.
The practice known as ‘delayed discharge’, is when a patient who is ready to go home is unable to do so for factors, including health and social care packages not being in place, meaning the patient will still in hospital longer than planned.
In February 2018, 871 bed days were lost as a result in NHS Dumfries and Galloway, but that rose sharply to 1,537 in February 2019.
Mr Carson hopes that the newly up and running Transforming Wigtownshire service can help identify innovative solutions to ease the pressure on health and social care services in the region.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Delayed discharge continues to be a serious concern across NHS Dumfries and Galloway and our rural communities.
“This rise only puts more pressure on our healthcare staff on the front line, having to deal with lost bed days for patients who require care.
“I warmly welcome the Transforming Wigtownshire programme, which I hope can identify new innovative ways to ease the pressure on health and social care services across our rural communities.
“With stakeholders from the SNP Government, to local health service and local elected members, working together I believe that delayed discharge can be reduced in our hospitals.
“I will continue to be pushing for further resources to be given to health and social care services in Dumfries and Galloway in order to fully tackle delayed discharge.”