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How to get out of hospital

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5788
  1. Mary E Black, global health doctor, London
  1. drmaryblack{at}

Many patients in hospital in the United Kingdom would love to leave. These are noisy, fractious places where you’d never choose to be unless you really had to. And nowadays I am pleasantly surprised when anyone with complex needs actually gets out of hospital at all.

Many patients with multiple health and social care needs, often elderly and frail people, would be only too keen to get home if they could. But gone are the days of my medical youth when I could simply call the relatives to ask them to collect …

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