South Warwickshire healthcare partners working together to keep people well in their own homes - The Leamington Observer

South Warwickshire healthcare partners working together to keep people well in their own homes

Laura Kearns 12th Jun, 2020   0

HEALTHCARE partners across south Warwickshire have been working together to help people stay well in their own homes.

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) and local GP practices, along with support from local partners, have improved services for housebound and care home patients living in Warwick.

It began as a pilot project in 2017 to reduce the likelihood of needing emergency treatment.

And it has been so successful the initiative has been rolled out to all care home and house bound residents across Warwick and Kenilworth.

Funding has come from multiple organisations including Warwick Charities of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler and King Henry Vlll Endowed Trust.

SWFT managing director Anna Coyle said: “This has been a really successful project for all parties involved. Seeing how positive the outcomes are for patients has been fantastic. Being able to provide them with the right support, at the right time, has had a resounding impact on their health and wellbeing, as well as reducing the impact on the wider health and social care system.”

And Priory Medical Centre GP Nick Yeats added the initiative had changed local healthcare.

He said: “The Oken project has transformed the way we provide health care to our housebound patients, individuals who are often some of the most frail and vulnerable in our society.

“South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and all five practices in the Kenilworth and Warwick Primary Care Network are now working hard to expand this project at pace, significantly allowing a much larger number of patients to benefit from this innovative and forward-thinking approach to care.

“We are very grateful to all the charities involved for their significant support over the last three years and look forward to the next step, it is an exciting time.”

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