Health and care organisations in West Cumbria working together to support older people over winter

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Health and care organisations in West Cumbria working together to support older people over winter

Posted on Thursday 8th January 2015

 

Health and care organisations in West Cumbria are working together to provide more support for older people who become unwell over the winter.

GPs in NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Copeland locality have paid for four beds in Pow Beck residential care home in Mirehouse to be available until the end of March 2015.

They are working with colleagues in Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Adult Social Care at Cumbria County Council so these beds can be used when frail older people become unwell and need a little more support than they could receive in their own homes so they don’t have to go into hospital. The beds can also be used when frail older people have been in hospital but need a little more support before they can go back to their own homes.

Dr Juliet Rhodes, lead GP for Copeland locality, said: “Over the winter period frail older people can become unwell very quickly and we hope that these beds will provide some short term support to save them from being admitted to hospital unless this is absolutely necessary for clinical reasons. Also the beds will mean that they can be discharged more quickly if they have been in hospital because of the support that will be available if needed at Pow Beck.”

She added: “We hope that this scheme will help free up beds in West Cumberland Hospital during a very busy period.”

Dr John Howarth, Director of Service Improvement from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are glad to be able to support this initiative alongside NHS Cumbria CCG and Adult Social Care. While staff at Pow Beck are responsible for the day to day care of these patients, our staff provide the more intensive nursing or rehabilitation that they may need. This allows certain patients to remain in the community, rather than having to be admitted to hospital, while having their care and nursing needs met.

“We also hope that this will help alleviate the increased pressure experienced during the winter period by West Cumberland Hospital, as is experienced by most hospitals across the country at this time.”

Similar schemes have run successfully in previous years to provide additional support over the winter period.

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Posted on Thursday 8th January 2015

 

 
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