OAP home tests new care system

A NEW care system for elderly patients has reduced hospital “bed blocking” and cut the number of readmissions .

The new package of integrated health and social care has saved 1,017 bed days at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS trust hospitals, according to a report to a Doncaster Council scrutiny panel.

A pilot scheme in a six-bed unit in Rowena House, Conisbrough, caters for patients with more complex dementia. Of the 21 admissions up to April, ten people returned home after an average stay of 30 days.

Patients not sent home either remained in the units, were transferred to other care provision or were readmitted to hospital.

The new system - called the Assessment Bed Model - provides 24-hour, seven days a week care and assessment at Rowena and two other sites in the borough for elderly people across Doncaster.

The new system resulted in fewer people entering residential care direct from hospital, with 46 admissions up to April this year compared to 84 in the same period on 2011.