We are on hand to help this winter

February 11, 2015 Written by Nadia Tavana

Our dedicated staff have prevented thousands of unnecessary hospital admissions during 2014, and they are continuing this into winter 2015.

During the colder months, older patients and those with long term conditions can quickly become unwell and require intensive healthcare support, which puts pressure on GPs and hospitals. With a growing ageing population, there is a need for health and social care professionals to work together to keep patients safe and well at home for as long as possible.

To help tackle this issue, a number of our services have been set up to prevent people going into hospital – and to manage a fast but safe discharge once they have been admitted.

Rapid Response is a specialist team of healthcare professionals which provides fast support to patients with long term conditions who become unwell. Over the last 12 months, the service has averted over 4100 hospital admissions. The team of advanced nurse practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists cover the whole city and along with a community nursing out of hours service, they provide cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We’re playing our part by doing everything possible to support patients in the community, enabling them to stay independent and avoid hospital admissions for as long as possible.”

Working in partnership with Bristol City Council, Bristol Community Health services are also able to access rehabilitation beds in the community, which provide an extra level of support without a stay in hospital. 93% of patients who used the beds say that they felt more independent as a result. A new InReach project is also working directly with the Bristol Royal Infirmary to identify older patients who could be safely discharged at an earlier point, with a home care package or a rehabilitation bed to support them.

These intermediate care services operate in addition to Bristol Community Health’s 34+ other specialist healthcare services. Claire Chapman, Clinical Services Manager for the Intermediate Care and Reablement Teams said: “We’re playing our part by doing everything possible to support patients in the community, enabling them to stay independent and avoid hospital admissions for as long as possible.”

You can take a look here at local BBC coverage of our Rapid Response Team. The coverage begins at 15 minutes.

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