The Guardian (Society, p6) carries a report on a partnership between Southend BC social services and the local NHS ...
The Guardian (Society, p6) carries a report on a partnership between Southend BC social services and the local NHS which aims to provide a solution to enable the earlier discharge of elderly patients from hospital.
Pantile House is the kind of facility that Alan Milburn, the health secretary, has in mind when he talks about creating a new 'intermediate' tier of care.
As a result of Pantile's existence, possibly 10 more hospital beds are free at any one time. 'We thought we could probably reduce some of the demand for residential care, but expected to end up with a lot of high intensity community care packages,' said Jane Held, social services director at Southend.
'To our surprise, the current profile is not like that. We are discharging considerably more people than we expected with lower intensity packages.'