Unplanned emergency hospital admissions are costly for patients and hospitals. NHS England state that 20 percent of emergency admissions are potentially avoidable with the right care in place. By referring ‘at risk’ patients directly to HomeLink Healthcare, GPs, Emergency Departments and early intervention teams can help to reduce unplanned hospital admissions. This improves hospital flow, patient outcomes and saves the NHS money.
“A preventable admission is one where there was scope for earlier, or different, action to prevent an individual’s health or social circumstances deteriorating to the extent where hospital or long-term bed-based residential or nursing care is required. The shorthand collective term ‘avoidable admissions’ is also often used to refer to admissions which could be considered preventable.” Local Government Association.
Many hospital admissions related to long-term conditions could potentially be avoided with timely and effective community care.
Research shows that areas that spend more on community care relative to need experience lower acute demand, including 15 percent lower non-elective admission rates and 10 percent lower ambulance conveyance rates.
Personalised care approaches and community health services can reduce pressures on hospitals and emergency services by supporting patients at home and in the community. Admission Avoidance supports the flow of patients within the system, helps keep patients well for longer and gives patient with greater choice and control. This leads to better long-term benefits for the NHS and outcomes for patients.
As well as helping to get people out of hospital when it is clinically safe to do so, HomeLink Healthcare also help reduce the need for people to be in hospital in the first place. By avoiding hospital admissions in the first place, beds are freed up for those who really need them.
Admission Avoidance is suitable for a range of patients including those with chronic, acute and preventable conditions.
Referrals for Admission Avoidance are typically made by GPs, Emergency Departments and early interventions teams.
Our case studies provide examples of how Admission Avoidance has helped Ron, a respiratory patient and Brian, who has Type 2 diabetes avoid hospital admissions. They also highlight the wider benefits that Admission Avoidance can have on patients and the NHS.
We report a suite of admission avoidance key performance indicators (KPIs) in real-time, so commissioners have complete transparency about what we are doing and how we are doing it. Find out more about the process of commissioning HomeLink Healthcare to set up a hospital at home service.
To speak to a member of our team about admission avoidance, call us on (020) 3137 5370 or contact us. You can tell us about your situation, and we can tell you more about our experience of admission avoidance and how we might be able to help you.
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“I am so grateful to have been referred to HomeLink Healthcare, they have really helped me get back on my feet. If I had stayed in the hospital I would not have achieved everything I have done”
“The visiting therapist took her time with me, was always providing encouragement and without that I wouldn’t be at the point I am today.”