Age UK Wakefield District (WD) have been providing The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust at Pinderfields and Pontefract hospitals, with a supported transport service for medically fit and able patients within the Wakefield District for just over a year.
The hospital to home service is primarily from Pinderfields Hospital and provides support to Wakefield residents aged 60+ who have attended A&E or had a short stay in hospital on the assessment units at Pinderfields or Pontefract Hospitals. Appropriate patients are identified by the hospital teams and are referred to the Age UK WD team for support with settling back at home in a safe, secure and comfortable manner.
The team engage in a home assessment to identify any further needs that the patient may have. This is then followed up with various offers of support and ensures that patients are receiving everything they need to remain as independent as possible.
Nathaniel Bee (Hospital to Home Manager for Age UK Wakefield District) said; “We are delighted at how well received the Hospital to Home service has been in its first year at Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals, by both patients and the hospital teams we work with. The number of patients referred to the service by the ward teams is continuing to increase and in the next year we anticipate to support up to 3700 patients.”
Debbie Newton, Director of Operations – Community Services, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “The Hospital to Home service has been a great support to our elderly patients as well as our hospital and community teams. The Age UK Wakefield team are a fantastic addition to our services and we are very proud to be working with them so closely to help our more vulnerable patients to go home comfortably and safely and to maintain independence at home.”
The service continues to provide a thorough service for an increasing number of elderly people across the Wakefield District, and helps to reduce the likelihood of readmission to hospital as well as increasing the individual’s independence.