When a PATIENT takes Home Leave, Mental Health Leave of Absence or has a current period of Mental Health Absence Without Leave, this should be recorded as a WARD transfer and a new Ward Stay should begin on return.
In the case of Mental Health Leave of Absence and Mental Health Absence Without Leave, the Nursing Episode, Consultant Episode (Hospital Provider) or Hospital Provider Spell however will only remain uninterrupted if the absence is for a period of 28 days or less.
In the case of PATIENTS using maternity WARDS of the same type on the same site, these should be recorded as one WARD. There will therefore only be one Ward Stay rather than transfers between WARDS. For local purposes, however, such transfers may be identified.
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