Improvements reduce hospital visits stress

Helen McArdle Care's Nigel Dawson and Sean McArdle, and Coun Scott Dickinson.
Helen McArdle Care's Nigel Dawson and Sean McArdle, and Coun Scott Dickinson.
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A new scheme in Northumberland is bringing care closer to home to help reduce stress for elderly people.

A partnership between local government and care and health providers is improving support for residents through a range of initiatives including better links with GPs and pharmacists.

The scheme, launched as part of the Better Care Fund initiatives, improves healthcare in homes through training and education, and improved medication checks and telephone access to GPs.

The Better Care Fund (BCF) was announced by the Government in 2013 to improve the provision of integrated health and social care.

Northumberland County Councillor Scott Dickinson, chair of the Northumberland Health & Wellbeing Board, has been visiting care homes in the county to meet staff and patients and see how services are progressing.

He said: “If care home residents become poorly, it is often better that they are treated within the familiar surroundings of their care home, which is more comforting for them and avoids unnecessary transfers to hospital.

“I’m pleased to see the progress being made to make healthcare as comfortable as possible for residents.”