Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

SOUTHEND PIONEERS 'INTERMEDIATE TIER' OF CARE

  • Comment
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.'
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.