We are a clinically-led organisation which has been providing safe, high-quality Hospital at Home services to NHS patients since 2016. These include virtual wards, early supported discharge, admission avoidance and reablement. All improve patient flow by preventing some people being admitted to hospital and enabling others to come home more quickly. Our services give faster patient recovery and improved patient outcomes, with a significant reduction in readmittance.
HomeLink Healthcare increases NHS hospital and community trust capacity at a lower cost than the NHS. We are prequalified on the NHS SBS Medical Care at Home procurement framework. This provides a speedier contracting process within an approved framework.
The NHS describes patient flow as “… the movement of patients, information or equipment between departments, staff groups or organisations as part of their care pathway. Ideally they should move from one step in their care to the next without delay. This is known as continuous flow.”
If patient flow is interrupted at any point the delay can back up and cause disruption throughout the system. For example, if there is a delay in discharging a patient from hospital because of a lack of appropriate care at home, that creates a delay in admitting another patient to hospital. This is costly for the NHS and detrimental to patient outcomes.
Problems with patient flow can be caused by many factors including:
The features HomeLink Healthcare’s Hospital at Home services that improve flow include:
To speak to a member of our team about our Hospital at Home services, 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 and how we might be able to help you.
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