Health trust says home care scheme is a success
A scheme to help keep patients out of hospital is being hailed a success by health managers.
Intensive community support, was launched in Charnwood last month.
Its aim is to treat patients, particularly the elderly, in their homes or to discharge them earlier from a community hospital.
All patients are assessed by an advanced nurse practitioner, who co-ordinates their care, including arranging regular visits by nurses .
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GPs can refer patients into the scheme to save them from being admitted to hospital.
Twenty-four patients have benefited from the scheme so far.
It has proved so successful that one ward at Loughborough Hospital has closed and the scheme is to be rolled out to Coalville Community Hospital.
Jude Smith, head of nursing and deputy clinical director at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which is running the scheme, said: "Although we provide great hospital care, we know it is better to care patients in their own home if possible.
"We have 24 people who have received intensive community support and the feedback from patients and their carers has been very positive.
"We have also been able to offer development opportunities to our staff."