Future of healthcare already here?
- 13 Sep
Earlier in the week the Future Hospital Commission presented their idea on a new way to deliver health care, but North Tyneside is already one step ahead of them.
The Guardian has reported that one lady, Marjorie Grey, is able to stay in her home in Killington and avoids going into hospital for treatment of her acute back pain as instead she receives regular visits from health professionals in her own home.
This way of care has been set up by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and has reduced unnecessary stays in hospital. Ms Grey is now under the care of a multi-disciplinary team and finds she is happier due to being able to live independently in her own space, meanwhile the NHS are able to keep beds available for others.
The team that looks after Ms Grey and others embodies two of the commission's main recommendations. These include more collaboration between health and social care staff and hospital being a last resort. They believe the NHS must adopt these ways in order to cope with the growing burdens bought by ageing and the increase in prevalent conditions like diabetes.
There are several hundred patients being cared for in this way and each patient has a key worker as a point of contact. Typically, they are old and have heart disease or breathing difficulties.
Specialists in older people's medicine come and advise GPs how to handle complicated cases, while pharmacists also visit care home residents to check that they are taking the correct drugs.
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