Faster return home for hospital patients

November 03 2015

HOSPITAL patients from South Gloucestershire are being helped to return home sooner as the result of an innovative service.

HOSPITAL patients from South Gloucestershire are being helped to return home sooner as the result of an innovative service.
Until now, routine assessments carried out to establish someone’s care needs after a stay at Southmead Hospital have been completed while they are still an in-patient.
Now community healthcare teams will provide assessments for people in their own homes on the day they are discharged.
That will allow them to return home as soon as they are no longer in need of hospital care.
The service has been launched by the local NHS and social services.
Sirona Care and Health will continue to support patients as necessary in the days after being discharged, working with South Gloucestershire Council to arrange social work assessments and ongoing care if required.
For patients, it means getting home quicker to recuperate in familiar surroundings and being less at risk from secondary complications that can be associated with longer hospital stays.
For the NHS, there will be a better flow of patients through Southmead Hospital by ensuring individuals are discharged as soon as they are clinically fit to leave.
Dr Ann Sephton, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Few people want to stay in hospital once they have been declared fit for discharge and with this service, we’re ensuring they can leave as soon as they’re ready to go.
“That’s good for patients but it’s also good for the wider NHS as it frees up beds for people who do require acute hospital care.”