Vicki Wright, Personal Injury Solicitor at Swain & Co in Havant, examines patient care following emergency admission to the Queen Alexander Hospital in Cosham.
I have recently commented upon the various places you can seek treatment at in the Portsmouth area should you have the misfortune of requiring emergency treatment. It has become apparent that if minor and non-life threatening injuries have been sustained, it may well be more appropriate to seek assistance from the Walk-In Centre at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, or even perhaps from your local pharmacist, thereby relieving the pressure off the Queen Alexander Hospital in Cosham to deal with the more serious injuries.
But if you have suffered serious injuries that require care in hospital for days or sometimes weeks, it is likely that you will want to return home to your family as soon as possible. It has come to light, however, that during the past 12 months, 532 patients were in the QA Hospital when they could have been at home. Being in hospital when you do not want or indeed need to be is demoralising for the patient and expensive for the Trust.
In many cases, it is necessary for the treatment to continue for the patient to receive rehabilitative care, for example, or maybe their home needs adaptations to meet their requirements. Such arrangements, it transpires, are taking longer than necessary although measures are now being put in place by the Solent NHS Trust in an attempt to discharge patients from the QA Hospital more speedily.
The Trust have confirmed that the Portsmouth Rehabilitation and Reablement Team (PRRT) and a new scheme called Inreach is proving very successful in helping patients leave hospital quicker. These schemes enable community nurses, physiotherapists, social services and occupational therapists to prepare a package to enable a patient to leave hospital with a 6 week package of support without the need for delayed meetings and decisions to take place. In addition, nurses involved with the Inreach project go into the hospital in order to identify those patients who are able to go home but only with support.
Havant solicitor, Vicki Wright, says, “This is good news for those who have had the misfortune to suffer serious injuries in an accident and who initially required intensive hospital treatment. Nobody wants to stay in hospital if they could be at home and it is encouraging that our local Trust are taking the initiative to ensure those individuals receive an appropriate care package in their own home, thereby freeing beds for patients who do need to be in hospital”