Supporting more of Hull's elderly and vulnerable during winter 2014


NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group has secured additional capacity within the community over the coming winter months to support patients on discharge from hospital.

The number of beds at Hull’s Thornton Court has increased from 14 to 18 to offer further intensive rehabilitation and support for older people to return home after a period of hospital care.

Thornton Court was established in 2012 as a partnership initiative between the CCG and Hull City Council. It provides a combined nursing, therapist and social package of care that supports people to recover from illness and regain their independence to confidently return to their own homes.

The facility has been praised by patients and families for the transformation it has made to peoples’ lives. The personalised care planning and daily input from nursing, therapy and social care teams has helped patients regain skills to live independently or semi-independently, where they might previously have entered long term residential care.

Sixteen further social care ‘step-down’ beds have been provided at Alderson House Resource Centre for people awaiting assessment for their ongoing social care needs. This will help reduce the pressure on placed on hospital beds when patients are clinically ready to be discharged.

These two facilities complement the existing intermediate care and reablement teams that support patients, either in specialist care units or the patients’ own home.

In addition, stroke survivors and their carers in Hull will be supported after leaving hospital by the enhanced stroke rehabilitation service commissioned by NHS Hull CCG.

Local patients will also benefit from more capacity within patient transport services to cope with the demands placed on the service in winter.

Dr Dan Roper, Chair of NHS Hull CCG, said:

“We want patients to get the best possible care in the most appropriate setting. Facilities like Thornton Court and Alderson House are providing the vital ‘bridge’ between hospital care and being able to return home safely.

“This has been achieved by the closer working of  NHS and public service teams across Hull, taking a real partnership approach in order to ensure that patients receive the extra support they really need the during the difficult winter months.”

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