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New integrated services hub at the Horton to improve care for patients

26/02/2019
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A new integrated services hub at the Horton General Hospital will improve care for patients by refining the co-ordination of their care and hospital discharge.

Designed to support patients returning home from hospital, the hub hosts services like Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Hospital at Home, Stroke Early Supported Discharge, and the Home Assessment Reablement Team (HART).

Bringing these services together will benefit patients by improving timely discharge from hospital to home. Daily 'huddles' will also take place with all services involved.

The Early Supported Discharge for Stroke team is an exciting new service development for the Horton, and will support patients to recover through rehabilitation in their own home.

The hub is located in the old Rowan Day Centre, and is fully refurbished to enable a fit for purpose team base.

Terry Cordrey, Head of Therapies for the Trust said: "This hub is really wonderful news for our patients.  By co-locating our services under one roof, we can work more efficiently and give patients the best care possible."

"Before the hub's refurbishment, a lot of services were based in temporary accommodation on the hospital site. Now, they're in this much improved environment which makes the whole patient experience better. We've also upgraded the staff facilities, so things are better for our hardworking staff too."

Kathy Hall, Director of Strategy at the Trust, said: "This new hub is in line with the Trust's vision for the future of the Horton - we want to make the best of our facilities there, drawing on the enthusiasm and expertise of our dedicated staff. This bringing together of therapy services in an improved and more co-ordinated setting is a positive step forward for patients in the north of the county and beyond."

All staff groups involved had an input into the design of the hub to make sure it meets the requirements of their patients and the service needs.

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