28 Oct 2012

SA trial to let nurses discharge patients

7:51 am on 28 October 2012

Nurses will be allowed to discharge patients from hospital in South Australia next year to get people home as soon as possible.

Under a pilot programme at the Flinders Medical Centre, some patients won't need to wait for a doctor to sign off on their case.

"Nurses ... will be able to discharge these patients who meet all the specified criteria," Health Minister John Hill announced on Saturday.

"Earlier discharge will help patients return home sooner and will improve hospital capacity by freeing up more beds and creating more efficient health services," he said.