A pioneering project to prevent vulnerable patients from being readmitted to hospital in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has been expanded, with help from SGN.
One in five of all hospital admissions are made up of readmissions from vulnerable patients. The Home and Well partnership aims to address this by supporting patients with energy poverty needs and related social requirements back into safe and warm homes. It also has the potential to ease the burden on stretched NHS services.
Home and Well is a project with Citizens Advice Hampshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Integrated Care System, energy companies SGN and SSEN Distribution, and water companies Portsmouth Water, Southern Water and South East Water.
As well as people in hospital, the service is targeting those in primary care. The aim is to equip the person with the necessary support to return to a safe and warm home after their immediate health needs are addressed. It tackles issues which would prevent that, such as if a patient had amassed energy debts or didn’t have heating at home.
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During August, special child vaccination walk-ins are available at Hamble House at St. James’s Hospital, Portsmouth.
All children aged 5 to 11 can receive two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. The paediatric vaccine is a different dose than that given to those aged 12 and over.
It’s important to remember that if any child has recently tested positive for COVID-19, they will need to wait 12 weeks before they can receive their vaccination.
Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust (PHU) is currently experiencing high levels of demand for urgent and emergency services at the Queen Alexandra Hospital site.
“Non-emergency attendances will not be seen in our Emergency Department and people will be redirected to the Urgent Treatment Centres at St Mary’s Hospital, Gosport war Memorial Hospital and Petersfield Community Hospital. If you need to know where to get help and support please contact your GP practice or go to NHS 111 online.”
They are asking Families and loved ones to support reducing delays for patients arriving by ambulance, by safely discharging patients, and moving patients to appropriate wards and departments once they have been seen in the ED.
Members of the public are asked to help by
• Collecting loved ones from hospital as soon as they are ready to be discharged, to free up beds for those who need them.
• Choose which service might be best if you are unwell and need medical care – consider a pharmacy, your GP, or visiting an Urgent Treatment Centre unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
• Call or use NHS 111 online for further help and medical advice
• Stay away from the hospitals if you have symptoms, or are a contact […]
The department of Health has issued a statement with an expectation that all residents and staff in Healthcare are eligible for the Autumn Covid-19 booster, and care homes need to start preparation to enable visiting NHS teams to maximise resident and care staff uptake when on site.
The threat from flu still remains, and residents should get a seasonal flu vaccination, this will most likely be a co-administration of the flu and Covid-19 vaccinations when the NHS roving teams visit.
The NHS offers a free flu vaccination to social care workers, all social care workers will be encouraged to book their COVID-19 boosters (and where applicable flu vaccinations) as soon as they become eligible via the national booking service.