Additional social care services are to
be provided over the festive period to help hospital patients
return home sooner.
Durham County Council and County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) are working with their
partners to provide services during out of hours periods and over
Christmas and New Year.
It is hoped that the extra provision
will minimise any disruption for patients, enabling them to leave
hospital as soon as possible after they are ready to be
Cllr Lucy Hovvels, Durham County
Council's Cabinet member for adults, wellbeing and health, said:
"During the winter months, the pressures on our health and social
care services increase significantly but particularly so during the
Christmas and New Year period when services are under additional
people are delayed in leaving hospital because the services they
require in order to return home are not in place then it also has
an impact on waiting times for other patients.
"That's why we're working with our
partners to try and ensure that people who are able to leave
hospital during this time are able to do so and that any care or
support services they need are ready for them when they go
The additional services are being
funded with Government cash which has been allocated to local
authorities to enable them to support the NHS in avoiding
unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent delayed discharges
during the winter months.
From this Friday (21 December) until
Wednesday, 2 January, social work teams along with reablement,
intermediate care, domiciliary care and home from hospital services
will be available out of hours and over the Bank Holidays to make
arrangements for new patients.
In addition, the council and CDDFT are
working to ensure additional intermediate care beds are available
for patients who are able to be discharged from hospital but are
not yet able to return home.
Published 20th December
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital