Around 340 mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) units are being distributed to CCGs, GP practices, pharmacies, NHS community clinics and hospitals across the Wessex region.
This video showcases why collaboration across the NHS works perfectly for the patient.
We enabled secondary care specialists to work in partnership with GP practices to provide care in the community and ensured a streamline patient journey linked to on-going care by the community pharmacist.
Many patients can benefit from rehabilitation in their own home rather than in hospital. Their rehabilitation is of the same intensity as would be received if they stayed in hospital.
Patients achieve more for themselves and costly resources are spared for others. The service is integrated with other care services.
Early supported discharge programmes can also significantly reduce the length of patient stays, giving stroke units more capacity.
Dorset patient Terry experienced a stroke and was cared for by the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospital’s Community Stroke Team.
At the Wessex HIEC Stroke ESD Conference on 9th November 2012, he talks about his experience of the Early Supported Discharge service.
A 6 month pilot documented the steps of developing and implementing a Stroke Early Supported Discharge Service at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust for people with stroke (or other long term conditions). The pilot model ran between August 2011 and April 2012.
Here, Louise Johnson, Consultant Therapist and ESD Lead, outlines the progress of the service in its first six months of operation.
Dr Damian Jenkinson, National Clinical Director for Stroke at the Department of Health, explains the importance of Early Supported Discharge in Community Care & Stroke at the Wessex HIEC Development Workshop on 9th November 2012.