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Age UK to work with Musgrove to improve patient care - 10 February 2015

Age UK to work with Musgrove to improve patient care - 10 February 2015

 Musgrove Park Hospital has been announced as one of 29 NHS Trusts nationally who will work with charity partners Age UK, Royal Voluntary Service and British Red Cross on projects to improve support for patients.

The hospital will partner with Age UK to look at ways volunteers can work with staff and older people who are admitted to the hospital, to enable them to be discharged from hospital appropriately, receive timely information, advice and signposting to support service and, by means of referrals, seek to provide interventions that prevent hospital admissions and re-admissions.Elderly Carer 1242887C

Speaking about the announcement Acting Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, said: “We are delighted to be one of the hospitals to benefit from this partnership working to provide our patients with better support and access to voluntary services, both while they are with us, and in helping them to return home.

“We know that quite often we have patients who are with us who are well enough to leave, but can’t go because it takes time to put the packages of care and support they need in place.  There are many reasons why this can happen, and we are confident this partnership will help to support people while they are with us and after they leave.”

The projects are expected to run for a 12 week period and are being funded by a £1.2 million grant from the Government.

Philip Dolan, Chief Executive at Age UK Somerset, said: “We welcome this recognition of the important role that voluntary organisations can play in supporting the NHS to work as effectively as possible for older people, especially when the system is under extra pressure during the cold winter months.

“By complementing the essential role of health professionals voluntary organisations can help bring the idea of whole-person care to life. In some cases, by providing early support we can prevent older people needing more intensive treatment and care, whether that’s by avoiding a hospital admission or by getting them home earlier through putting good support in place.

“Ultimately all of us, whatever our age, just want to be as well as possible in our own homes”.

Work is underway to finalise exactly how Age UK volunteers will work within the hospital and we expect to see volunteers in the hospital in the next few weeks.