A specialist team of hospital and community workers have been helping older patients at West Suffolk Hospital return home more quickly.
The Early Intervention Team at the Bury St Edmunds hospital has been making sure the right health and social care is in place so that older people can get home sooner.
In the past six months the team has helped more than 1,000 older people leave hospital successfully.
The team is made up from occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and community staff and brings together a range of agencies to support people including the hospital, community healthcare, social services, Age UK Suffolk, Crossroads Care East Anglia and the Dementia Intensive Support Team from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
They work to ensure patients are clinically fit and that they have any specialist equipment, additional care and help at home.
The one stop service works through A&E, the Clinical Dependancy Unit and short stay wards and avoids unnecessary admissions to hospital. It has also ensured those who do need care on a ward do not need to stay as long.
Gylda Nunn, integrated therapies manager, said: “The EIT has been a great success and helps an average of 35 patients every week to return home more quickly.
“We do this by ensuring patients see the appropriate professionals at the front end of the hospital and are given the necessary treatment and advice to allow them to manage their own condition at home with the appropriate support.
“By bringing together different health and social care organisations the team is ensuring everyone can receive joined-up, high quality,targeted and safe care which meets their needs and reduces their stay.”