Intermediate care is a term used to
describe a range of health and social care services available to
adults 18 years old and over.
These services are designed to:
How can intermediate care help?
Adults referred to intermediate care require a multi-disciplinary,
comprehensive assessment and be in need of the services of more
than one discipline i.e. nursing, social work, occupational
therapy, home care & support, community matron, and
Intermediate care is not a substitute for services provided by any
one particular discipline e.g. district nursing or physiotherapy
Where is the service provided from?
There are currently 5 intermediate care teams based in the
When is the service provided?
The service is delivered 7 days a week.
Either in the clients own home (approx. 7am to 11pm for Durham and
for Darlington 8am - 8pm ) or in a designated intermediate
care unit where they have access to carer support 24/7.
How do people access the service?
The service is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week, referrals
are received from:
a) Hospital wards, admissions units and accident and emergency
departments - to enable patients to be discharged;
b) From community services such as district nurses, GPs, community
matrons or mobile warden services.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital