Lambeth and Southwark residents can get hospital care at home thanks to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s @home service. The service provides expert medical support so that people can leave hospital sooner than usual to recover at home or avoid a hospital stay altogether.
Kris Hopkins, Minister for Communities and Local Government, visited the Elmcourt Health Centre in West Norwood, south London on Tuesday (Feb3) to see first-hand how people are benefiting.
Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I’m delighted that the minister has visited the borough to see the potential benefits of this locally developed scheme.
“Spending time in hospital can be a difficult time for patients and their families and carers. We think this scheme offers a whole series of benefits by offering people a new, more advanced level of treatment in their own homes.
“If adopted more widely the @home service could also mean that patients don’t need to be admitted to hospital unnecessarily, making more hospital beds available to those who need them most.”
The service is open to people who are at risk of hospital admission and those who have just had a procedure, but in need of more care when they return home from hospital.
Once people are referred to the service a senior nurse or GP visits the patient at home, which can be within two hours of referral if necessary, for an initial assessment and to discuss the care that will be offered.
The @home service provides a range of care in the patient’s home for up to seven days including intravenous therapy such as antibiotics, palliative care, and intensive physical therapies like physiotherapy and occupational therapy.