A rapid response service led by community matrons is helping to reduce GP callouts and hospital admissions across Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. The rapid response service, delivered by community staff from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was initially launched three years ago as a nurse-led service to assess patients in their own homes. The service has now been further enhanced with the addition of community matrons who have more advanced clinical skills and particular expertise around patients with long term conditions.
Stroke patients can now receive rehabilitation at home instead of in hospital thanks to the launch of a new community stroke therapy scheme. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced an early supported discharge (ESD) service which is expected to benefit up to 40% of patients admitted to hospital with a stroke.
Patients are being reminded that the way they access minor injury units will change this April. From 1 April 2015 the minor injury units at Guisborough and East Cleveland Primary Care Hospitals will no longer be open and anyone from these areas requiring treatment for a minor injury will need to attend Redcar Primary Care Hospital’s urgent care centre.
Patients suffering from low back and radicular pain in the South Tees and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas will soon benefit from a new pilot project designed to help them manage their own symptoms and, when needed, provide support when those symptoms are more severe.
Two events are taking place across Teesside in support of the Big Latch On – a global campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. The infant feeding co-ordinator and the breastfeeding peer supporters at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are inviting breastfeeding mums to join them at the Stray Café, Redcar, on Friday 1 August and at Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 2 August to take part in the global Big Latch On.
Lynn Jolly and Paul Waugh popped in to Guisborough Primary Care Hospital’s Priory ward to hand over donations in appreciation for the staff’s kindness to Lynn’s late father and to friends of Paul. Lynn, whose father Tom Brown passed away on the ward recently, handed over a cheque for £210 which were the proceeds from the collection at the funeral. Paul gave £300 to the staff for the “friendly and compassionate” way they treated his friends.
Patients who need minor surgical procedures will be able to have their surgery at their local hospital – Redcar Primary Care Hospital – in future. Providing treatment in the community is a positive development for patients enabling them to be treated closer to home and making it more comfortable and convenient for them and their families. Up to seven minor surgical lists will be held every week at the Redcar hospital with a view to extending this in the future. Surgeons, Mr Lawrence Ajekigbe and Mr Chelliaya Ramanathan will be performing the first day surgery procedures at the hospital on Tuesday 8 October 2013.