A leading consultancy has outlined to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care how care homes can take the strain from busy A&E departments.
In his letter to Jeremy Hunt, Tony Stein, chief executive of Healthcare Management Solutions, said care homes could look after elderly people requiring care and attention but not medical intervention, freeing up emergency beds for more urgent costs and reducing A&E waiting times.
Tony said: “It would be very simple for ambulance crews to work in conjunction with local care homes so that, in certain situations where there was no urgent or immediate need for medical intervention, they are diverted away from A&E and delivered the elderly person to the home for care and monitoring.
“This would immediately free up A&E beds (the majority of A&E admissions are elderly persons), it would reduce the number of age related conditions that are being identified unnecessarily, (people of an age often live quite comfortably with a variety of conditions without knowing about them or needing intervention), and it would place the elderly person in a safe, caring, friendly, familiar, non-medical and non-institutional environment where they can receive 24 hour care and observation.
“This is only one way in which care homes could alleviate pressures on the NHS. Health and social care are under extreme pressures but with more joined up thinking and partnership working care homes could undoubtedly play a significant role in supporting the NHS, to the benefit of everyone involved, particularly the patients.”
You can download the full letter to the Secretary of State by clicking here.