Care UK helps ease NHS pressures

Care UK Glastonbury Court

Care UK’s Glastonbury Court home in Bury St Edmunds is providing a suite of unoccupied beds to help ease the pressure on a local hospital.

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust opened the 20-bed in-patient service in the home last month.

Care UK regional director Phillip Steyn said: “Glastonbury Court is a home that we opened in April last year and, as is normal with new homes, the occupancy was building up gradually.

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“This meant that one whole suite was not being used so we were very pleased to be able to work with the team at the West Suffolk Hospital to bring this amazing project to fruition.

“It’s lovely to have that part of the building in use and the benefits to the patients of recovering in this kind of environment as opposed to a hospital bed are plain to see.  I hope other hospitals take careful note of this great example of Suffolk teamwork and innovation.”

The suite, which is managed by hospital staff offers respite care to medically fit patients from West Suffolk Hospital before they are able to return home.

Patients will benefit from the home’s facilities and services, which include single rooms, en-suite bathrooms and access to a lounge, dining room and grounds, as well as social activities, therapy sessions and being able to receive visitors at their time of choosing.

Sharon Basson, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust senior matron, said: “This is one of the Trust’s key innovations to support the management of winter pressures. Hospitals across the country are coping with increased numbers of patients, many of whom are older people who need additional care but not necessarily in an acute hospital setting before returning home. The King Suite enables us to provide high quality care and promotes a return to normal life outside of hospital giving patients the very best chance of their full discharge being successful.”

The unit is supported by a comprehensive multidisciplinary team, including two consultants, GPs, therapists, nursing staff and community staff, whose highly-skilled clinical decision making ensures the best care and earliest discharge for patients.

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