'Support to go home' team success
A care-bridging service hosted by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) in partnership with Suffolk County Council is seeing patients get home more quickly and helping to save bed days in the hospital.
Since its launch in September, the ‘support to go home’ service has so far helped 77 patients to get home more quickly, and saved 379 bed days in the hospital.
The team aims to make sure patients can still be discharged home if there’s a delayed start date for their out-of-hospital package of care. Care is provided seven days a week, in a patient’s home by a WSFT team, which support patients with washing, dressing, medication prompts and meal preparation.
Suzie Myhill, the WSFT senior occupational therapist who leads the service, said: “We’re really seeing a positive impact as a result of this service. Our team of reablement support workers are doing a fantastic job enhancing the recovery of patients in their own home. They are committed to supporting and encouraging our patients to increase their confidence and independence with essential daily tasks. Not only is this important to our patients’ but it also helps to reduce the likelihood of readmission to hospital.”
The service is one of many initiatives supporting the Trust’s patient flow focus for winter and beyond.
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