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Improving patients' recovery by delivering rehabilitation services in the community

Improving patients' recovery by delivering rehabilitation services in the community


Patients tell us that they don’t want to stay in hospital any longer than is necessary. By providing rehabilitation services in the community, Weston General Hospital and NSCP are helping patients to get home more quickly than before.

National evidence shows that once patients are medically fit they rehabilitate more quickly out of hospital. Weston General Hospital and NSCP have changed how rehabilitation services are delivered so that patients receive support for their rehabilitation after they have been discharged from hospital.

NSCP delivers the local rehabilitation service within North Somerset and is now able to support people to go home even earlier. This means that as soon as patients are medically fit to leave hospital they can now do so. NSCP’s community ‘Discharge to Assess’ teams, consisting of therapists, nurses and rehabilitation support workers, work with people and their families, throughout their rehabilitation period in their own homes. This also allows patients to be better supported by friends and family.

Sara Harding, Director of Operations for NSCP said “Our ‘Discharge to Assess’ Service has gone from strength to strength and is now able to offer support for many more patients to receive their rehabilitation in their own home. Your own bed is really the best bed to recover and rehabilitate in when you are well enough not to require the care of an acute hospital”.

The ‘home first’ approach is being adopted by wards at Weston General Hospital. Ward staff identify patients who are well enough to go home, facilitating their discharge from hospital and ensuring a seamless handover of their rehabilitation care to NSCP.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust Director of Operations, Phil Walmsley, said: “Being able to support our patients to leave hospital, when safe and appropriate, and to enable them to receive ongoing rehabilitation within the community is extremely positive. It speeds up patients’ recovery time, improves their experience and has the added benefit of allowing our staff to focus their attention on  those patients who are acutely unwell and still need hospital care.”


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