When a PATIENT takes HOME LEAVE, LEAVE OF ABSENCE or has a current period of ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE, this should be recorded as a ward transfer to 'home leave', 'leave of absence' or 'absence without leave' and a new WARD STAY should begin on return. In the case of HOME LEAVE, the NURSING EPISODE, MIDWIFE EPISODE or CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER), HOSPITAL STAY or HOSPITAL PROVIDER SPELL however remain uninterrupted. In the case of LEAVE OF ABSENCE and ABSENCE WITHOUT LEAVE, the NURSING EPISODE, MIDWIFE EPISODE or CONSULTANT EPISODE (HOSPITAL PROVIDER), HOSPITAL STAY 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.
This class is also known by these names: