Teams helping patients discharged from hospital

Chief community matron Janet Kelly, community matron Jane Bendelow, district nurse Heather Foggo and healthcare assistant Jennifer Grey.

Chief community matron Janet Kelly, community matron Jane Bendelow, district nurse Heather Foggo and healthcare assistant Jennifer Grey.

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A specialist team is help support patients who are discharged from hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Hospital 2 Home (H2H) team is made up of multi-skilled health professionals, helping on average 350 people a month across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

There are real opportunities in having an integrated organisation which includes hospital, community health and social care services.

Jane Weatherstone, GP and clinical director for the trust

Jane Weatherstone, GP and clinical director for the trust, said: “It helps to get people through the system faster and more safely.

“There are real opportunities in having an integrated organisation which includes hospital, community health and social care services.

“Our philosophy is to join up social care with primary, community and secondary health care to provide a seamless service for patients.

“The services are responsive to each patient’s individual needs and are strengthening patients’ capabilities at home, which in turn are avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions, and supporting the earliest discharge from hospital.”