A pioneering way to help patients return home from hospital more promptly is already proving popular with nurses, doctors and patients at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Clinicians and managers at St Mary’s Hospital worked with a specialist company, HomeLink Healthcare, to pilot a new supported discharge process. A doctor reviews patients who are medically fit and coming to the end of their hospital treatment and offers them the option of receiving the final part of their care at home, instead of remaining in a hospital bed. Freeing up hospital beds helps reduce delays in elective treatments and for people attending at A&E.
The services provided at the patient’s home have been carefully designed to complement those available from Community Nurses and local Social Services. The bespoke care services in the home, such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and personal care, are provided by HomeLink Healthcare
“It has been a real pleasure working with the team at St Mary’s to set up this new pilot care service”, said Jane Tobin, HomeLink Healthcare’s Head of Clinical Development. “I’m already feeling like I’m part of the team at the hospital and feedback from the first patients to receive this new form of home-based care has been extremely positive”
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